West Ham supporters head into the new season firmly at loggerheads with the club’s board who have sanctioned the sale of Grady Diangana and have failed to bring in any new signings despite narrowly avoiding relegation last season.
Hammers boss David Moyes will have to make do with what he has as they face Newcastle at the London Stadium in their first fixture on Saturday. Despite the disappointment over the failed takeover, the Magpies have surprisingly spent quite heavily on the likes of Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis, whilst also signing Ryan Fraser and Jeff Hendrick on free transfers.
In terms of team news, West Ham have just one injury doubt in Manuel Lanzini who sat out the last friendly against Brentford. Tomas Soucek could also be missing as he self-isolates after being in contact with someone who had COVID-19 on international duty.
West Ham’s Predicted XI To Face Newcastle:
Fabianski, Johnson, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Bowen, Rice, Noble, Fornals, Antonio, Haller
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has seven players currently on the treatment table. Matt Ritchie (knock) and Matty Longstaff (thigh) are rated as doubts, while Dwight Gayle (knee), Martin Dubravka (ankle), Paul Dummett (hamstring), Ciaran Clark (ankle) and Fabian Schar (shoulder) have all been ruled out.
Newcastle’s Predicted XI:
Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lejeune, Lewis, Shelvey, Hendrick, Joelinton, Wilson, Saint-Maximin
At the bookies, West Ham are slight favourites with Unibet pricing them at 6/5 for the win. A draw is currently 5/2 with 888 Sport while a Newcastle victory is also 5/2 at BetVictor.
Predicted Score – 0-0