West Ham United welcome Newcastle to Upton Park on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with Slaven Bilic’s boys aiming to grab their first home points of the campaign.
Remarkably the Hammers have won both of their away games to start to the season — against none other than Arsenal and Liverpool in two shock wins — but lost both games at home to Leicester City and Bournemouth. Bilic has beaten Steve McClaren in the past, as two of the new PL managers for this season met in 2007 when Croatia beat England at Wembley to qualify for Euro 2008 at England’s expense which cost McClaren his job as Three Lions boss.
As for Newcastle this season, the performances from McClaren’s side have looked promising, with plenty of new signings still settling in, but the Magpies are one of three PL teams still without a win this season despite brave defensive displays away at Manchester United in a 0-0 draw and at home against Arsenal as they only lost 1-0 despite being down to 10-men for over an hour.
In team news ahead of this clash in East London, Andy Carroll is set to return from his long-term injury for West Ham and new signings Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic could all make their debuts. Newcastle will be without the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic and injured defender Paul Dummett.
What they’re saying
Bilic on his big win vs. McClaren and England in 2007: “I said it then and it is still true, no matter what job I did after that, that was the greatest moment of my career. For a small nation it is something special when you beat England. England is about might and power. Whether it be football, basketball or the Eurovision Song Contest, it makes something special [to beat them]”.
McClaren on Newcastle’s defensive improvement: “I think that when I first came through the door I looked at 63 goals and I thought: ‘That’s far too many and we’re going to be in trouble if we do that. Let’s stop them. But you know we also have to be able to score and that’s been the part of our game that we’ve not really seen enough of yet.
Newcastle have impressed under McClaren in recent games against Manchester United and Arsenal, especially defensively, but I think West Ham will be buoyed by that big win away at Liverpool and if they score early, Bilic’s boys will take Newcastle to the cleaners. West Ham to win 3-1.