class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having both finished last season in prolific form, Al Hain-Cole expects an entertaining Premier League opener between Bruce's men and the Hammers
Newcastle United will be hoping to pick up where they left off when they welcome West Ham to St James’ Park in their opening Premier League clash on Sunday.
After flirting with relegation for much of last season, the Magpies finished strongly by claiming five wins from their last eight matches in the league.
Newcastle United vs West Ham latest odds
Having won three and lost none of their last four games against this opposition, Newcastle are priced at 11/5 (3.20) with bet365 to extend their strong record with another victory.
David Moyes’ West Ham enjoyed their best top-flight season since 1998-99 by finishing in sixth place last time out and are 23/20 (2.15) favourites to get up and running by coming out on top here.
Just one of the last 13 meetings between this duo has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them cancelling each other out in this one.
TV channel, live stream & how to watch
Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go
The game is being shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the United Kingdom (UK). Sky Go will be streaming the game live online.
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Martin Dubravka, Kai Darlow and Paul Dummett are all ruled out due to injury, while new signing Joe Willock completed his move from Arsenal too late to take part in this game.
Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku and Manuel Lanzini will all face late fitness tests as they race to recover from injury in time for the season’s opener.
Newcastle United vs West Ham preview
While their final-day clash with Fulham had at one point been earmarked as a potential relegation decider, Steve Bruce’s team actually went into that game a full 14 points clear of their already-doomed opponents.
Indeed, it was not just the points on the board that impressed during that late-season surge, but the belated discovery of a cutting edge in front of goal that saw them score 18 times in the final nine fixtures – including seven goals in two matches against Leicester and Manchester City.
Meanwhile, the Hammers also finished last season in prolific fashion, hitting the net 11 times in their last five league games on the road.
Newcastle United vs West Ham predictions
With both teams maintaining that free-scoring form in their respective pre-season fixtures, odds of 3/4 (1.75) look well worth backing on both Newcastle and West Ham getting on target for their fourth encounter in five.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.