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New additions to help West Ham get home in order against Newcastle

14 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
New additions to help West Ham get home in order against Newcastle

Victor Moses and Michail Antonio have the pace and power to propel the Hammers to their first Premier League win of the season at Upton Park

The reason West Ham are yet to win at home so far can be attributed to tactical reasons as opposed to sentimental.

While each match at Upton Park carries extra significance due to it being the club’s last season at the famous old stadium, it does not – as has been suggested by some – explain why they have lost their opening two fixtures there.

The defeats against Leicester and Bournemouth – where they were horribly exposed on the counter-attack and conceded six goals in total – were largely down to their staccato runners in midfield, especially on the flanks.

But that onus to be expansive and inventive does not apply when playing away.

That is why the disciplined and well-organised unit assembled by manager Slaven Bilic have been able to earn impressive victories – and clean sheets – at Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.

But the smart signings clinched on transfer deadline day can change the Hammers’ fortunes at the ground that has been their home for more than 100 years – starting with the match under the floodlights against Newcastle on Monday night.

Victor Moses and Michail Antonio – the two wingers signed on loan and permanently from Chelsea and Nottingham Forest respectively – are available to play and should be selected immediately.

Both have the pace and power to not only score and create goals, but to also add a tempo that has been so desperately lacking in East London.

That will be crucial when attempting to break down Newcastle, who have averaged just over 30 per cent possession for their last three games.

West Ham are 23/20 to secure their first three points at Upton Park this season, while Moses and Antonio are 13/5 and 2/1 to mark their debuts with goals.

Diafra Sakho, who scored 10 times in his debut Premier League season, opened his account for the new campaign in the superb 3-0 win at Anfield prior to the international break.

The Senegalese striker has been isolated so far, but should benefit from the improved service from the flanks.

Sakho is 9/1 to notch first in a Hammers win.

There is also the intriguing sub-plot of Andy Carroll – absent for the last eight months because of a knee-ligament injury – to return against his former club.

Bilic has not rushed Carroll – he has been training for the last six weeks – and the Newcastle-born striker, who is likely to be used off the bench, is 5/1 to score the game’s final goal.

It could be a difficult evening for the visitors, who are still searching for their first league win of the season.

Despite winning four of their last nine top-flight matches there, it would be a surprise if it came at Upton Park.

Steve McClaren’s side, who will be without suspended striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, have failed to score in two of their last three league games and have not won away in the league for nine games.

A point – which is 12/5 – is probably the best the North East side can hope for.

Their feebleness in attack – they have scored only twice in four games – places a greater emphasis on their defending.

Newcastle achieved a clean sheet at Old Trafford last month and, despite there being more than 2.5 goals in West Ham’s last three home games, it is 17/20 for the score to be under that figure at the game’s end.

Bilic’s impressive results on the road indicate that the Croatian is building something encouraging at the club he represented as a player.

The addition of Moses and Antonio can help to replicate that success at home – and ensure that the club flourish in their final campaign at Upton Park.

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