8:00 pm Monday, September 14 – Boleyn Ground

Newcastle will make the long journey south to London on Monday night to take on West Ham in the Barclays Premier League.

West Ham have yet to win at home under new manager Slaven Bilić but they have won both of their games on the road. Ironically, their two away victories came against teams that are expected to be challenging for the top four while their home defeats were at the hands of newly-promoted teams. If the early evidence is anything to go by, it could be an unpredictable season for Hammer’s fans.

The good news for West Ham is that their visitors on Monday night have yet to win a game this season and have only won one of their last 15 leagues games. However, that win for Newcastle came against West Ham on the final day of the last Premier League campaign.

For the second season in a row, the Magpies have struggled to get going and currently sit second from bottom in the table with only goal difference keeping them above rivals Sunderland. After four games they have just two points thanks to a draw away at Manchester United and a stalemate at home to Southampton.

There is a chance that Andy Carroll could make an appearance for the Londoners after completing his recovery from surgery. Meanwhile, the Geordies will be without Aleksandar Mitrovic who is suspended.

Steve McClaren’s team have already incurred two red cards this season and lost both of the games in which they were issued. They also had four player dismissed in the final 10 games of last season.

Despite West Ham unpredictability, they will be clear favourites for this game. Their visitors from the northeast have lost 11 of their last 15 away games in the Premier League. You can back the Hammers at 5/4 with Bet365. With three goals in six appearances in all competitions Diafro Sakho is a good shout for anytime goal scorer at 9/5 with Betfair.

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