Matthew Upson will return to the West Ham first team for a game that could determine the direction of West Ham’s season.
A win would lift them off the bottom of the Premier League and extend their unbeaten run to five games, leaving Avram Grant to focus on a rise up the Premier League table.
A Newcastle win, Chris Hughton’s squad are 21/10 to win, would leave West Ham rock bottom, and the Hammer’s fans would be facing a relegation battle for the rest of the season.
West Ham are 5/4 to win in a season-defining game and Premier League history suggests the tie could go either way.
In 14 Premier League games, West Ham have won six times, Newcastle five times with the draw occurring on three occasions, and the draw is available at 12/5.
The return of Upson is a huge boost to the Hammers as they look for just their second clean sheet of the Premier League season – West Ham are 2/1 to keep a clean sheet although this is unlikely considering the recent history between the clubs.
In four of the last six clashes between these two at Upton Park over four goals have been scored, with the other two finishing 2-0 and 3-0, and over 3.5 goals is available at 23/10.
But West Ham have only scored one goal from open play this season and just four goals at home, so Avram Grant will be hoping that this fixture can kick start West Ham’s scoring spree.
Frederique Piquionne is West Ham’s joint top scorer this season and is available at 7/4 to score any time, whilst Newcastle’s top scorer, Andy Carroll is also 7/4 to score any time in what history suggests could be an entertaining match-up.
West Ham are 9/1 to come from behind and win. See the full West Ham vs Newcastle match betting odds market here.