Many punters were looking to back Newcastle United to be relegated at the beginning of the season and the Magpies suffered a difficult start to the campaign, although Steve Bruce has to be commended for the fact that the north-east side are aiming for a top-half finish as we approach the business end of the season.

Should We Back Newcastle to Beat Hammers?

At the time of writing, Newcastle United are twelve points clear of the drop zone and looking to land a top-half finish, although can we trust them to deliver three points at odds of 7/5?

The Magpies looked bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when seeing off Sheffield United by a 3-0 scoreline, although they were then held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa before being unsurprisingly turned over by Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Newcastle have only won six of their sixteen matches at St James’ Park this season and won’t really have much home advantage of which to speak, with West Ham’s need slightly greater at this point in the season.

Are West Ham Going Down With the Norwich?

Amazingly, West Ham are currently out of the drop zone despite collecting just twenty-seven points from thirty-one games played. The only reason why the London side are just about keeping their heads above water is due to the lack of quality when it comes to teams such as Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

David Moyes is struggling to get a tune out of whatever Hammers side he fields, with the visitors coming into this match after facing Chelsea in what is likely to be their third consecutive defeat since the restart.

West Ham are trading at 19/10 to win the game and it’s really a case of whether their motivation will be greater than opponents who are essentially heading towards mid-table.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

We are going to discount the possibility of backing Newcastle or West Ham for the match and backing the draw would almost seem like a default option. However, we can potentially look at this game being a low-scoring one considering that the Hammers are having real problems when it comes to finding the net.

Similarly, while Newcastle looked really good in the second-half against the Blades, we’re not convinced that they are massively creative, with Allan Saint-Maximin their main source of inspiration.

We do think that it could be worth chancing the Magpies on the “win to nil” market but a bet that we especially like is the “No” option on the Both Teams to Score betting market.


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