One of the most balanced games of the debut round in the Premier League will be played on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium in London. West Ham receive Newcastle’s visit, and I think the bet on the final result should be avoided.
The hammers avoided relegation at the last minute last year, after having a very good championship final.
It will be much harder now, because many opponents have strengthened. Not many notable acquisitions have been made and in this regard I can only highlight Tomas Soucek. But Grady Diangana was sold, which brought a wave of criticism from fans.
As a curiosity, the British press sees David Moyes as the first manager fired in the new PL season.
Manuel Lanzini has had some medical problems lately and remains uncertain.
However, even if he is going to play, he will not do it from the first minute.
The guests come after a good season, which they finished in 13th place, with 10 points over the relegation zone.
Newcastle did not lose key men in the summer, but even strengthened. Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis should be noted as acquisitions. There are some staffing problems in the guests’ camp, which cannot count on the injured Gayle, Schar and Dubravka.
Fraser is not yet ready with the physical training.
▪️The most recent direct duels were in the last championship. I saw then two spectacular games, both GG and 4+.
▪️Newcastle scored four points.
⚽West Ham vs Newcastle likely teams:
▪️West Ham (4-3-3): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Johnson; Rice, Noble, Fornals; Antonio, Haller, Bowen.
▪️Newcastle (4-3-3): Darlow; Lewis, Fede Fernandez, Lascelles, Manquillo; Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron; Ritchie, Saint Maximin, Wilson.
Football Prediction of the Day West Ham vs Newcastle
This game promises and I think it will give us at least two successes on the scoreboard. Both teams have quality in attack and this will be seen in full. Nobody has anything to defend and I’m waiting for an open game. In the training matches, both Newcastle and West Ham showed problems in the defense phase. They generally played goals and I don’t see why it would be any different now. However, five successes seem a lot to me for a debut game in PL, especially between two teams that do not aim too high.
Prediction Today: 2-4 goals