By James Wood

14th Apr, 2021 | 12:10pm

Three things to look out for as West Ham face Newcastle

West Ham continue their push for Champions League football on Saturday with a 12:30 kick-off against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. 

The Hammers are flying in the Premier League. They’ve won their last two matches 3-2 against Wolves and Leicester, completing the league double over both sides.

Newcastle picked up their first win in eight games against Burnley. Allan Saint-Maximin saved the day with a goal and assist within minutes of being introduced. They won the reverse fixture 2-0 at the London Stadium in September, so should be confident.

It’s a bit fixture at both ends of the table. Ahead of the clash, West Ham Zone have highlighted three things to look out for on Tyneside.

Goals galore

West Ham were humbled in the opening game of the season home to Newcastle United in a 2-0 defeat. Since then, the Hammers have lost a further seven times in the Premier League, but none in the same manner as this.

We were woeful, just three attempts on target over 90 minutes. It’s a completely different Hammers side now, and they’ll be looking to make amends on Saturday.

We’ve scored three goals in each of our last three games, whilst Newcastle have kept one clean sheet in their last 10 top-flight matches. We’re not exactly tight at the back either, so expect a lot of goals at St James’ on Saturday.

Lightening Lingard 

Could Jesse Lingard come back to haunt Steve Bruce? The Newcastle boss was desperate to sign the England international in the January transfer window but was unsuccessful in his efforts.

Lingard has been successful against the Magpies in the past. In his three appearances against Newcastle, he’s managed three assists. When you consider the form he’s in at the moment, it could be a long afternoon for the home side.

It’s eight goals and three assists in nine Premier League appearances so far for West Ham – it’s hard to bet against him adding to this on Saturday.

Cautious of Callum

Callum Wilson simply loves playing against West Ham, and in all honesty, we’re fed up of him. He bagged his first Premier League goal for Newcastle in east London on the opening day of the season.

That goal made it eight in nine appearances against West Ham in his career so far (Transfermarkt). Wilson hasn’t scored more goals against any other side than the Hammers, the other seven coming whilst he played for Bournemouth.

Wilson made his return for the Magpies in their win over Burnley last weekend. He’s their most important player, Steve Bruce will definitely be itching to get him in the line up this weekend. Given his record against us, Wilson will be hoping to start, too.

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