Newcastle kick off the new 2021/22 Premier League season at home to West Ham on Sunday, with boss Steve Bruce under pressure before the campaign has even started.
Bruce is supposedly the favourite to be the first top-flight manager sacked this term despite a strong finish to last season. The manager needs to get off to a winning start in his opening Premier League fixtures to alleviate the scepticism amongst fans.
Last season Newcastle beat West Ham home and away – inflicting a 3-2 victory over the London club at St James’ Park in April – but it is nevertheless the Hammers who are favourites heading into this encounter.
Indeed, boss David Moyes will be keen to replicate his team’s sixth-place finish to last term even though West Ham are yet to make a significant signing in the transfer market.
It means we could well see two similar XIs from that which lined up on Tyneside in the spring when the action gets underway this Sunday.
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When is Newcastle v West Ham on TV?
Newcastle v West Ham will take place on Sunday 15th August 2021.
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What time is kick-off?
Newcastle v West Ham will kick off at 2pm.
There are numerous Premier League games taking place this weekend including Tottenham v Man City, which kicks off at 4:30pm on Sunday.
What TV channel is Newcastle v West Ham on?
You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 1pm.
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How to live stream Newcastle v West Ham online
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Newcastle v West Ham team news
Newcastle: Injuries dogged Bruce’s side last term and Martin Dubravka is out, while Elliott Anderson, Paul Dummett and Karl Darlow will all likely miss this tie. Freddie Woodman could make his league debut.
Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy should get the nod, while Joelinton and Callum Wilson could start up front. Allan Saint-Maximin may be in the mix.
West Ham: Manuel Lanzini is rated 50/50 to feature here following a knock picked up in pre-season, while both Arthur Masuaku and Angelo Ogbonna may not be risked as they work on recovering from injury set-backs.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, who both impressed at the European Championships, should anchor the midfield as usual.
Newcastle v West Ham odds
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Our prediction: Newcastle v West Ham
With neither side excelling in the transfer market we could see two very similar XIs take to the field on Sunday. Newcastle sensationally did the double over West Ham last season but it does appear unlikely that will happen again.
West Ham have been blunted by the departure of Jesse Lingard back to Manchester United, but Newcastle themselves are still wringing their hands over Saint-Maximin, who struggled to start consistently in the previous campaign until the back end of the season.
West Ham’s midfield set-up aided their charge to the top-six last term and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Rice and Soucek marshal this game. There may not be many chances on Tyneside but the visitors are good for a point.
For the full breakdown of what games are coming up check out our Premier League fixtures on TV guide.