Continuing to catch the eye since returning from the enforced break, a high-flying Newcastle will be looking to extend on their top-half charge when they welcome West Ham to an empty St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.
Putting on a real clinic and hitting Bournemouth for four in midweek, the Magpies now find themselves in the midst of a glittering five-match Premier League unbeaten run and the mood in the North East is certainly on the rise.
On the flip side, really sending shockwaves across the top-flight after snatching the most dramatic of 3-2 wins off of Champions League chasers Chelsea on Wednesday night, West Ham simply have their sights set on extending their Premier League status this summer.
However, hit with a 3-2 defeat at the London Stadium when they faced off against the Magpies earlier in the season, it is also worth highlighting that the Hammers were hit with a 1-0 loss the last time they made the trip to St. James’ Park.
You might be interested to know that Sunday’s hosts can be found priced at 6/4 with William Hill to extend on their recent purple patch this weekend.
Newcastle flying high
Scoring four goals in a Premier League game for the first time since May 2019 in what was a thumping 4-1 win at the Vitality in midweek, few would have expected what has been a stellar end to the year for Newcastle.
While they may have come crashing out of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester City last week, the Magpies are unbeaten in their last five top-flight appearances, their most fruitful spell since the 2015/2016 campaign.
Watching new attacking talisman Allan Saint-Maximin grab a trio of assists on the South Coast in midweek, there is no doubt that Steve Bruce will be most impressed by his side’s continued performances in the final third.
Along with hitting the Cherries for four in midweek, Newcastle also really caught the eye with a stunning 3-0 romp against European outsiders Sheffield United last month.
Also bagging a trio of strikes when they made the trip to the London Stadium earlier in the season, you might be interested to know that Sunday’s hosts can be found priced at 7/5 with Coral to once again bag over 1.5 goals this weekend.
An East London resurge?
While the Hammers might still find themselves firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap, West Ham will undoubtedly be boosted by what was a stunning display in the capital on Wednesday night.
Picking up London bragging rights and the most dramatic of 3-2 wins against former champions Chelsea, they now hold a three-point buffer over the drop zone and the mood in their camp should be at the highest it has been since opening 2020.
While David Moyes’ side might be continuing to show some worrying issues at the back, the former Manchester United boss would have been hugely excited by Michail Antonio’s performance in midweek.
Really doing a stellar job of leading the line and finding the net against the top-four chasers earlier in the week, the 30-year-old bagged his first post-lockdown strike in East London and will play a vital part in the Hammers’ charge for safety.
Glad to see that leading marksman and strike partner Sebastian Haller is set to make his return in the North East, you might be interested to know that Antonio can be found priced at 5/2 with Paddy Power to bag back-to-back strikes this weekend.