West Ham host Newcastle at the London Stadium on Saturday (watch live, 7:30am ET on Peacock Premium) with both teams needing a win for very different reasons.
David Moyes’ Hammers are hanging in there in the top four battle, as West Ham fought back to draw 2-2 at Leicester City last time out. Scrutiny continues to grow over the way the east London club have handled the situation with Kurt Zouma after he was filmed kicking and hitting his pet cat. The French defender pulled out of the starting lineup against Leicester as he felt sick during the warm-up and Zouma has been fined by the Hammers but not suspended, while sponsors have pulled out of deals with the club and Zouma. On the pitch, Jarrod Bowen and Declan Rice continue to lead West Ham’s charge as the former has been in sensational form with seven goals in his last seven games in all competitions.
Newcastle are flying high heading into this clash, as the Magpies have won three-straight games for the first time since 2018. Eddie Howe’s side have moved out of the relegation zone after their home win against Aston Villa last time out, but influential new signing Kieran Trippier is out injured after breaking a bone in his foot. That is a big blow for Newcastle as Trippier has not only added quality but also leadership. Other new signings Dan Burn, Matt Targett, Bruno Guimares and Chris Wood will all be key over this next run of games as Newcastle aim to pull further clear of the bottom three.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of West Ham vs Newcastle.
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West Ham team news, injuries, lineup
The Hammers have very few injury issues as Angelo Ogbonna and Arthur Masuaku are out long term, while Jarrod Bowen has a knock but starts. Zouma starts after his illness before the game at Leicester and he replaces Issa Diop in central defense.
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Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup
Javier Manquillo is out with an ankle knock, while Kieran Trippier is missing for at least six weeks with a broken bone in his foot. Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Issac Hayden and Matt Ritchie all remain out, while Jamaal Lascelles is struggling with an illness and is on the bench. That means Burn, Targett and Krafth will play key roles defensively but Howe has a settled midfield and attack.
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— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 19, 2022