English Premier League team Newcastle United can save itself the embarrassment of being relegated down to the Championship League this weekend with a win against 11th-place West Ham United. Newcastle currently sits in 17th position in the 20-team league, but are just a pair of points ahead of Hull City. Since Hull has a better goal differential than Newcastle they’ll overtake them in the standings if they manage to beat Manchester United in the season finale at home and Newcastle loses or drops two points with a draw.
Newcastle is in the driver’s seat though and will also have the home-pitch advantage when they take on West Ham at St James’ Park on Sunday, May 24. A win will guarantee safety in the Premier League for at least one more season. However, the team has been in a severe downward spiral for the past 12 weeks or so. They find themselves in this precarious position after losing their last game 2-1 at Loftus Road in London to Queens Park Rangers, who have already been relegated and sit in the basement of the Premier League.
Newcastle United vs West Ham United Betting Preview – bet365 lists Newcastle as the favorites to win this match at 8/11 with West Ham 15/4 and a draw at 14/5
Newcastle and manager John Carver control their own destiny here since there’s nothing Hull can do about the situation if Newcastle manages to grab at least one point. West Ham beat Newcastle 1-0 at home at Upton Park earlier in the season. The two teams have met 95 times in the past with Newcastle holding the edge in the series with 38 wins to 32 and the other 25 contests ending in draws. They’ve also outscored the Hammers 148 to 134 in those games. They’re even in their last 10 meetings with each team winning three times and drawing four.
There’s no hiding the fact that Newcastle has been in a nosedive aver since former manager Alan Pardew left the club and joined fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace. Newcastle made the huge mistake of appointing Pardew’s assistant John Carver as the interim manager, basically as a way to save money. But if he loses on Sunday it’s going to cost the club millions and millions of dollars in lost revenue if they end up in the second-tier Championship League. Of course, Newcastle could get hammered by West Ham on Sunday and still survive if Hull doesn’t beat Man United.
Either way, it’ll be a miracle if Pardew isn’t sacked soon after the season. In fact, Newcastle fans are scratching their heads now and wondering why Carver is still in charge of the club after earning exactly one point out of a possible 30 in their past 10 games. This came courtesy of a recent 1-1 draw with West Brom while the other nine outings were all defeats. Both West Ham and Newcastle have a few injury concerns heading into their season-ending showdown. But it doesn’t matter who’s in or out of the lineup for Newcastle since they basically have to play this game with a do-or-die attitude since the Hull vs Manchester United contest kicks off at the same time.