West Ham vs Newcastle - Predictions
Tomorrow's game will be West Ham's 500th game in the Premier League and Alan Curbishley's 500th day in charge. A win in this game will all but guarantee West Ham a tenth place finish.
However with Newcastle second in the form table at the moment and West Ham floundering along at the bottom of the form table it should be a tough test for the Irons. Newcastle are also one of West Ham's bogey teams as we have not beaten them since 2001, when Don Hutchison, Paulo Di Canio and Freddie Kanoute scored the goals in a 3-0 victory.
Key to West Ham's success tomorrow could be the fitness of Upson and Ferdinand. Whilst the pairing of Neill and Tomkins looked reasonable against Derby they would surely be tested by Owen, Martins and Viduka. Sky Sports say that Ferdinand is doubtful for the game. Ashton, however, has been back in training this week and could feature.
Lawrenson believes that Newcastle under Keegan look better defensively and with three strikers look good going forward. He says that West Ham have looked unconvincing of late.
Perversely, after praising Newcastle and deriding West Ham, Lawro predicts a 2-2 draw.
Sky Sports also go with a score draw. They say it will be a 1-1 draw.
Setanta go with the form team and say it will be a 1-2 loss.