Newcastle United v West Ham Live
The below article is for a previous encounter. However, you can also find todays game live inside the member's area!. Newcastle United start their New Year premiership schedule with a home game against West Ham hoping to recover from the 1-5 trashing against Liverpool at the end of last year. Catch all the live footy here on Live Sport Network, by paying a small fee for exclusive membership deals.
The Magpies have had a decent run under interim boss Joe Kinnear prior to their nightmare loss against Liverpool on December 28. That loss followed a 2-1 loss to Wigan on Boxing Day and marred their 2-1 win over Tottenham during the previous week.
Newcastle are still in danger of slipping into the drop zone having 22 points from 20 games. Joe Kinnear is battling to keep Shay Given at St James' Park although the sturdy goalkeeper wants out and Tottenham want to sign him in January. Habib Beye is out for 12 weeks with an ankle injury, while Claudio Cacapa, Joey Barton, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Shola Ameobi, Alan Smith and Ignacio Gonzalez continue to miss out.
It is doubtful if Kinnear has the funds to transact any business in the January transfer window, but owner Mike Ashley has definitely taken out the "for sale" sign from the club's premises.
West Ham have revived their season in recent games with decent results. The Hammers had a fabulous Christmas outing winning 4-2 at Pompey and then beating Stoke 2-1. Boss Gianfranco Zola can now breathe easy although he may be forced to sell some of his stars including Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker.
Zola has been told he must sell before he can buy and it appears that defender Matthew Upson may be on his way out of the club. Last season this fixture ended in a 2-2 draw, while the Hammers clinched the reverse fixture 3-1 earlier this season.
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