🕗 Wednesday 5th April, 20:00 GMT
We have a fascinating matchup this Wednesday in the Premier League, where we see 14th-placed West Ham take on 3rd-place Newcastle in a match where both teams need the three points for very different reasons. West Ham will be looking to pick up the win to ensure they keep their Premier League status for the upcoming season whereas Newcastle will be looking to cement their place in the Champions League places.
Race for top four
Newcastle will be looking to pick up the win at the London Stadium on Wednesday to ensure they will be playing Champions League football next season. If Newcastle end the season in the top four, they will benefit in the upcoming transfer window as it’ll attract bigger names in the summer transfer window.
West Ham will have a boost in confidence as they beat Southampton 1-0 in their previous Premier League game. They will be looking to continue their winning run to ensure they survive the drop to the Championship next season. West Ham currently sit one point above the relegation zone as they have 27 points from the 27 games that they have played so far this season.
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Head to head
In the previous five Premier League meetings between the two teams, Newcastle have won two, and West Ham have won one with the other two meetings ending in draws. Overall, looking at the Premier League positions of both of these teams, you would lean towards a Newcastle win following on from their convincing win against Manchester United on Sunday, 2nd April
One to watch for Newcastle United is Kieran Trippier, who is outstanding from dead-ball situations and arguably up there with the best in the league from set pieces. Trippier has registered six assists this season and played a crucial part in his sides 13 clean sheets.
West Ham have Declan Rice, one of the best defensive midfielders in the league. The Hammers will struggle to keep him at the club next season, as many big clubs are after Declan. Totaling 87 successful tackles this season shows the role that Rice plays when his side are out of possession.
Newcastle's form under Eddie Howe
Since Eddie Howe arrived at the club in November 2021, Premier League fans have seen a dramatic change in how Newcastle play. Eddie Howe took over when Newcastle was rock bottom of the Premier League, and he guided them to safety, finishing 11th in the league, 14 points above the relegation zone. Newcastle this season have impressed many people as not many would have expected them to be sitting in third and pushing for the Champions League places.
Having a bet on the game?
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If you fancy Newcastle to carry on their terrific run by beating West Ham, head to Betfred They are offering a Newcastle win at 23/20.
We mentioned above about Kieran Trippier being deadly from set pieces. Could he score in this game? Possibly direct from a free-kick? He is 10/1 to score anytime with BetUK
What about Newcastle to Win and Kieran Trippier to score anytime? Bet365 have that at a very attractive 16/1 as a bet builder double.
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We fancy a 2-0 Newcastle win