West Ham must capitalise on Newcastle’s injury crisis in high stakes showdown

The spotlight shines brightly on Tyneside as West Ham United travel north for a crucial Premier League clash against Newcastle United.

This high-stakes encounter has the potential to significantly impact the race for European qualification, and the Hammers must capitalise on a vulnerable Newcastle side riddled with injuries.

Riding a four-match unbeaten streak, West Ham are firmly in the conversation for continental football yet again.

A victory against Newcastle would significantly bolster their claim to a coveted Europa League spot, taking them to sixth place, level on points with Manchester United, who face Brentford later in the day.

However, history suggests a potential roadblock for the Hammers. West Ham have struggled against Newcastle in recent meetings, failing to secure a win in their last four encounters.

They’ll take solace from the fact that their most recent victory against the Magpies came at St. James’ Park, marking their solitary triumph over Newcastle across their last nine meetings (D4, L4).

However, capitalising on Newcastle’s circumstances is paramount for Moyes’ troops.

The Magpies find themselves battling an injury crisis, leaving them vulnerable and inconsistent, having managed just one win in their last four league matches (D1, L2).

This is West Ham’s opportunity to exploit the cracks in Newcastle’s armour. A win would be a hammer blow to Newcastle’s European hopes and solidify our position in the European places.

The fact that Newcastle are also grappling with a major injury crisis further throws the game wide open for Moyes’ men to take advantage.

Newcastle are reeling from a staggering eight potential absentees. Key figures like Nick Pope, Sven Botman, Joelinton, Sandro Tonali and the ever-dangerous Callum Wilson are out of the picture, leaving significant holes in their starting XI.

Kieran Tripper, Tino Livramento and former Hammers target Harvey Barnes are also major doubts for the game, further compounding Howe’s selection woes.

West Ham must capitalise. The reverse fixture ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw, with Mohamed Kudus snatching a dramatic late equaliser for the Hammers.

However, this time around, a repeat performance won’t suffice. Three points are paramount if we are serious about challenging for a Europa League spot.