West Ham vs Newcastle
WEST HAM (4-3-2-1)
JENKINSON, COLLINS, REID, CRESSWELL,
NOLAN, AMALFITANO, NOBLE,
AMEOBI, SISSOKO, CABELLA,
HAIDARA, DUMMETT, WILLIAMSON, JANMAAT,
West Ham United and Newcastle United were not expected to be challenging for European places, but they go into the Upton Park clash in seventh and sixth places, respectively in the Barclays Premier League.
Newcastle arrive on the back on seven games without defeat (in all competitions) and six straight wins. It is their best sequence since April 2012, and if they win again, it will represent their most successful run of victories since September 2009.
They arrive to face a West Ham side that has gone three games without a win – two draws and last weekend’s defeat at Everton – though that loss at Goodison Park was their first in six Barclays Premier League.
The Hammers have won three, drawn one and lost two of their six home league games, and they have scored just six home goals. Newcastle may be riding high, but away from home they have
struggled in front of goal, scoring just six times in six games, though they have conceded only eight on the road.
With Diafra Sakho, West Ham's leading scorer, unlikely to be fit after suffering back injury, former Newcastle favourite Andy Carroll is expected to lead the home team's attack. But Alex Song, Cheikhou Kouyate, Enner Valencia and Stewart Downing are all expected to be missing.