Newcastle have made themselves hard to beat in recent weeks as they look to steer clear of the relegation zone. Steve Bruce’s side have grinded out results and lost just one game in their last six, but some fans may feel that they have missed out on points, with four of their last six being draws. However, every point is valuable in a relegation battle and these draws could prove to be pivotal by the end of the season.
On the other hand, West Ham United have arguably been the story of the season and picked up a huge three points against fellow Champions League contenders Leicester City last time out. The east London side are second in the form table over the last 15 games, much of which has been due to the signing of Jesse Lingard. Now the pressure is well and truly on the Hammers with Chelsea and Liverpool hot on their tails, and it will be interesting to see if they can cope as the season comes to a close, and we think their form will continue this weekend with a win at St. James’ Park.
We expect a close encounter, with West Ham just about edging. The away side are 21/20 to pick up three points and 11/4 to win the game by exactly one goal.
Our score prediction is 1-2 (7/1).