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Fan’s Eye View: Newcastle are facing a different side to the one that Leicester and Bournemouth did

14 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Fan’s Eye View: Newcastle are facing a different side to the one that Leicester and Bournemouth did editor James Jones chats to us about Deadline Day, the Hammers' home form and Monday's visitors to Upton Park

West Ham fan and editor of James Jones gives us the view from the stands ahead of the Hammers’ clash with Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground this Monday night.

The season is well underway now and for both these sides, we’ve seen a bit of a mixed bag of results and performances. Sum up the opening 4 weeks from your point of view:

 In short: typical West Ham. One look at the fixture list before the season began told us all that we should have six points after four games.

Trouble is, we’ve done it backwards. So technically we’re exactly where we thought we would be by now.

The football away from home has been superb, while at home we’ve been flat and without a cutting edge. Hopefully that’ll change now we’ve made some important deadline day signings.

West Ham have picked up victories away at Arsenal and Liverpool, but have lost both home games so far against Leicester and Bournemouth. Do you think the emotion and ceremony around the final season at the Boleyn Ground is putting added pressure on the Hammers in front of their home crowd?

I don’t think so. There is certainly an element of pressure involved, and our home crowd hasn’t exactly been too forgiving over the last few seasons, but we should’ve been beating teams like Bournemouth and Leicester regardless.

This simple fact is that we’ve lacked width during those two home games, which has left us exposed. Bilic addressed that issue with the signings he made on deadline day.

From an away team’s perspective – does the final season at the Boleyn make the task more difficult, or is it something they can capitalise on?

I think Newcastle will be facing a different West Ham from the one Bournemouth and Leicester did.

And given it’s the first home game under the lights this season, the crowd will be up for it even more than ever. Couple that with the potential of seeing a few debutants in the side and I think the Boleyn Ground will be a very daunting place to be for Newcastle.

We saw a flurry of activity at Upton Park on the transfer deadline day. What did you make of the club’s dealings and what are you hoping the new players can bring to the side?

It was a superb end to a really good summer of business.

Michail Antonio and Victor Moses add width, we all know what Alex Song can bring to the side on his day and Nikica Jelavic provides adequate back-up in attack.

Then you’ve got Dimitri Payet, who has already proven how good he is. Every single signing we made this summer strengthens us in some way.

13/5 – Victor Moses to score at anytime


Was there any business that you felt was still needed?

I still think we’re a little short of adequate back up at right-back, but then again James Tomkins has shown he can deputise there when called up. Other than that, I think Bilic did all the business he needed to ensure we’ve got strength in depth all over the park.

Looking at the opposition ahead of this Monday’s clash – who worries you most?

Wijnaldum looks a handful in midfield, but other than that I’m not aware of any Newcastle player who worries me. Mitrovic would’ve perhaps been a worry, but he’s suspended.

What will West Ham need to do to come away with the three points?

We need to play with width and creativity. Payet, Antonio and Moses will be extremely important to our chances of taking all three points. If we can score first then that should settle the players and the fans and encourage us to go on to see the game off.

There’s a long list of encounters between the two clubs at Upton Park over the years. Can you pick out any particularly fond memories?

I don’t seem to remember us having a good record against Newcastle at home, so last season’s narrow 1-0 win remains a fresh and fond memory. It wasn’t the best of games to watch, but I had my Newcastle supporting mate with me, which made it even better.


Any not so fond memories?

Quite a few years a go Michael Owen scored a hat-trick against us, I think Newcastle won the game 4-2? That wasn’t a good day.


Which player from the opposition, from any era, would you have most wanted to play for your club?

There are a lot. Alan Shearer is the main one, though. Who wouldn’t want a natural goal scorer at their club?

And finally – back to the present day – what’s your prediction for Monday’s clash?

I think we’ll win 2-0. Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet with the goals.

9/1 – West Ham to win 2-0

9/1 – West Ham to win and Sakho to score first

7/4 – Dimitri Payet to score at anytime

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