Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Newcastle?

West Ham started the month of March on a winning note as they beat Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle 2-0 at the London Stadium. The victory, the Hammers’ seventh on in the league at home this season, saw them leapfrog Everton in the table.

It was only the fifth time this season that Manuel Pellegrini’s side had kept a clean sheet in the Premier League- the previous four being at home to Chelsea and Arsenal, and away at Newcastle and Fulham.

There were five changes to the squad that had lost to Man City- Aaron Cresswell coming in at left back, Mark Noble, Robert Snodgrass and Manuel Lanzini in midfield and Javier Hernandez taking Andy Carroll’s place upfront.

As it’s been in recent weeks, Pedro Obiang and Marko Arnautovic were both introduced from the bench. Cresswell’s first half injury forced Pellegrini to make a substitution earlier than he would’ve normally liked, and also meant that Manuel Lanzini played the entire 90 minutes in his first start for the club in nearly 10 months. [Read more…]

West Ham players Declan Rice and Manuel Lanzini named in Premier League Team of the Week for Round 29

West Ham beat Newcastle 2-0 over the weekend, and the performance of some Hammers players was good enough to get them a mention in several pundits’ Team of the Week. Fresh from being named Young Player of the Year at the London Football Awards, young Declan Rice was particularly impressive- the 20 year old was Man of the Match at the game. Perhaps apt that Mark Noble and he were the scorers on a evening that also saw the opening ceremony of the Billy Bonds Stand.

Alan Shearer’s official Premier League Team of the Week

Rice finds a mention here alongside Crystal Palace’s Zaha, Man Utd’s Andreas Pereira and Wolves’ Jota in Shearer’s Team of the Week.

Premier League Team of the Week GW29 Rice

Sky Sports TOTW for Round 29

Phil Babb and Carlos Carvalhal were asked to name their respective TOTW’s, and Rice was named in both. Former Swansea boss Carvalhal’s team also has a spot for Ryan Fredericks at right back.

Sky Sports Team of the Week Round 29

Sky Sports 2 TOTW Round 29 [Read more…]

First League Double over Newcastle in 20 years, Outstanding Rice & More- Five Talking points from West Ham v NUFC

West Ham completed a league double over Newcastle as they beat the Magpies 2-0 at the London Stadium to climb to 9th in the league table. An early Declan Rice header and a penalty from Mark Noble were enough for the Hammers to see off the Magpies as they celebrated the inauguration of the Billy Bonds stand with a win over Rafa Benitez’s men.

Let’s take a look at the major talking points from this game.

League double over Newcastle for the first time in 20 years

This is the first time since the 1998/99 season that the Hammers have completed a Premier League double over the Magpies.

The interesting bit- Harry Redknapp’s men won 3-0 away and 2-0 at home that season, the same scorelines that Manuel Pellegrini’s men have managed this season!

Outstanding Rice

England assistant manager Steve Holland was in the stands for this game, presumably to watch the likes of Rice and rising Newcastle medio Sean Longstaff in action.

Rice put in another assured performance for the Hammers and topped it up with a goal. His defensive work was outstanding as usual, but it’s evident that the coaching staff are helping him with the attacking side of things as well- a couple of his passes around the 45th minute were very nice to watch. We didn’t get to see that side of Rice early in the season, and on this evidence, a England call up may not be too far away! Was also the official Premier League man of the Match for this game. [Read more…]

West Ham 2-0 Newcastle 2019- Poor Magpies crash to defeat

West Ham extended their unbeaten run at the London Stadium to five games as they beat a poor Newcastle side 2-0 on Saturday evening. The result took the Hammers above Everton, with the Toffees being leapfrogged in the league standings after they could only manage a draw in their fixture against Liverpool.

Manuel Pellegrini made five changes to the side that had suffered defeat in midweek to Man City, with Manuel Lanzini getting his first start for the club in nearly ten months. Newcastle however chose to stick with the same XI that had done the business against Burnley.

The pre-match predictions were a mixed bag, but many expected Newcastle to give the Hammers a real run for their money. Unfortunately, they were very poor in the first half, and failed to register even one shot on target before the interval.

Some clever West Ham play from a Robert Snodgrass corner saw the home side take the lead through young midfielder Declan Rice. [Read more…]

West Ham v Newcastle predictions- How do the pundits think Manuel Pellegrini’s men will fare against the Magpies?

West Ham will be looking to complete a league double over Newcastle when they meet the Magpies at the London Stadium on Saturday evening. The Hammers will be facing a NUFC side that has lost just one of its last six games- a narrow 1-0 loss to Spurs last month.

The referee for this game is Chris Kavanagh, under whom Newcastle have won only one of their four top flight clashes. From the WHUFC point of view, Kavanagh has been in charge of three club games already this season- the 1-0 loss to Wolves, the 1-1 draw against Huddersfield and the 2-2 game against Brighton.

Let’s take a look at how the pundits expect this clash to pan out!

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro notes Newcastle’s excellent recent run (only one loss in last six in the league), and reckons they’re “flying at this moment”. Has predicted a 2-0 win for NUFC.

His celebrity opponent, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith has gone with a 1-1 draw.

Paul Merson: Merson says that Newcastle “have turned a corner” and play entertaining footy with three upfront. He doesn’t see them losing this game, and has predicted a 1-1 draw. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players perform against Newcastle?

West Ham put in one of their best performances of the season as they ended Newcastle United’s three game winning run with a fine win at St.James Park. None of the pre match pundits had backed the Hammers to come away with all three points from Tyneside, but a brace from Javier Hernandez and a stoppage time third from Felipe Anderson saw the Irons emerge 3-0 winners.

Newcastle, it must be remembered, had done the double in the league over West Ham last season and the visitors prior to this clash had won only once at St.James Park in the last two decades.

Manuel Pellegrini made four changes for this clash, bringing in Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble, Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez for Arthur Masuaku, Pedro Obiang, Grady Diangana and Michail Antonio.

Newcastle certainly had their chances, especially in the first half, but West Ham’s centre backs- Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena were nothing short of outstanding, thwarting many a potential Magpies attack. It was also the Hammers’ first clean sheet in the Premier League since the 0-0 draw at home against Chelsea, and the win would’ve pleased Pellegrini, who finally saw both offence and defence click together at St.James Park. [Read more…]

Several West Ham players named in Team of the Week for Premier League Round 14

West Ham defied the odds by registering a 3-0 win over Newcastle at St.James Park in GW14, and several Hammers players have been rewarded for their fine performances in various pundits’ Premier League Teams of the Week.

Newcastle definitely had their chances, but the Hammers defence was top notch, and each of the four Teams of the Week we’ve covered here has at least one WHUFC defender in it.

Felipe Anderson and Javier Hernandez, by virtue of their goals scored, were the obvious favourites in many pundits’ XI. Chicharito made the most of a rare start with two well taken goals, while Brazilian Anderson added the icing on the cake when he scored the visitors’ third in second half stoppage time.

Garth Crooks: The BBC Premier League Team of the Week for Round 14 had three West Ham players- Pablo Zabaleta in defence, Felipe Anderson in midfield and Javier Hernandez upfront. [Read more…]

Newcastle v West Ham Predictions- What do the pundits say about the Hammers’ chances at St James Park?

West Ham will be looking to halt Newcastle United’s three game winning run when they meet the Magpies at St.James Park on Saturday afternoon. Robert Snodgrass is available for selection after missing last weekend’s loss against Man City through suspension. While NUFC are certainly in form, the ref for this game is one under whom they’ve never won a Premier League game. The Magpies though did do a league double over the Hammers last season and manager Rafa Benitez has a good record against the Irons. [Read more…]

Referee announced for Newcastle v West Ham- Magpies have lost all their Premier League games under him!

The referee for West Ham’s weekend clash against Newcastle United has been officially announced as Paul Tierney. This is the beginning of a crucial run of winnable (at least on paper!) fixtures for the Hammers and Newcastle’s past record under Tierney will give them more confidence ahead of this Round 14 clash at St.James’ Park.

The Magpies, in FOUR attempts so far, have NOT won a Premier League game in which Tierney was the man in the middle. All four games ended in losses for Newcastle and West Ham will be more than hopeful of breaking the three game winning streak of Rafa Benitez’s men.

Newcastle, it must be remembered, did the DOUBLE over West Ham last season, winning 3-0 at home and 3-2 at the London Stadium. [Read more…]

Chancel Mbemba Sakho Swap Deal?- Hammers to exchange striker for defender?

If rumours are to be believed, Newcastle are prepared to let Chancel Mbemba go to West Ham in exchange for Diafra Sakho. Hammers boss David Moyes has played three in defence (mostly Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell) since replacing Slaven Bilic, and feels another defender would strengthen his squad, with veteran James Collins and youngster Declan Rice the only other options available.

The versatile Mbemba, who can play in various positions across defence, also has age on his side- he’s only 23. While Newcastle rate him as one of their better players, the Magpies do need a striker and Diafra Sakho is said to desperately want a move away from the London Stadium. Sakho has been linked with Palace, but it now seems that St.James Park might also be a potential destination for the Senegalese international [Read more…]