Newcastle United shields top four spot

Newcastle United shields top four spot

Newcastle United is looking to protect their spot in the top four when they go against West Ham United who is looking for wins as they are in the relegation zone. Newcastle is currently at the third spot of the league table with 50 points. However, they have the same points with the teams at the fourth and fifth. On the other hand, West Ham is looking to escape the relegation zone as they are now at the 15th. They are really in-need of win, as they have the same point with the team at the drop zone. This meeting will be on April 6, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), as West Ham host this match.

These two teams are no longer new with each other as they had 141 matches prior to this match already. From those matches, it was the visitors who has a better record, winning 58 of those matches. The hosts on the other hand has 43 victories, while all the remaining ended in a draw. However, from their last three matches, it seems like it is the hosts who are at the advantage. The hosts are unbeaten in their last three matches, winning to one and drawing the last two. However, the visitors are doing well in the league recently, losing just one in their last 10 matches.

Newcastle United

Premier League: Newcastle United
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Newcastle is currently sitting at the third of the league table, a spot they are aiming to protect. However, in order to seal their spot in the top four and eventually qualify for the Champions League, they need wins. Their aim is not impossible though as they have been consistent this season. They have thrived to be a better squad this season, which gives them the third spot in the league table. They already started gaining wins during their match against Man United, where they had a 2-0 win. That win against Man United gives them the confidence to come into this match. Newcastle is aiming to prove why they are a constant threat this season, and stop their struggles which may bring them in a lower place in the league table.

It is just unfortunate that they will be without Miguel Almiron, and Emil Krafth who are both sidelined due to their injuries.

West Ham United

Premier League: West Ham United
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West Ham on the other hand is currently at the 15th of the league table with 27 points. However, even if they are three places from the drop zone, they are still in a danger zone. The teams on the 16th-18th place are also with 27 points, which is why they need more wins to widen their gap. Fortunately, they are coming in this game from a good momentum, as they had a 1-0 win against Southampton on their last game. For this match, they are aiming for similar results in order to put themselves in a safer spot. This does not seem impossible though as they are a team who have shown improvement recently in their campaign. However, they need to work harder for this match since they will be against a powerful team.

Gianluca Scamacca is a doubt for West Ham, as he is still recovering from his knee injury, but aside from him, West Ham does not have a new injury concern.

Prediction:

Newcastle United (2.0)
Odds: -0.88

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