Newcastle United will play hosts to West Ham United at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon hoping to pick another victory in the Premier League. The Magpies will come into this match on the back of a 4-1 win over Bournemouth in midweek. Likewise, the Hammers managed to beat Chelsea in the London derby by a 3-2 scoreline, so they will be quietly confident about getting something from this game versus the Tyneside outfit.
Steve Bruce will set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and might start Miguel Almiron against the East London giants this weekend.
4-2-3-1 Newcastle United Predicted Lineup To Face West Ham United
Martin Dubravka will keep his spot in goal for the Magpies despite failing to secure a clean sheet versus the Cherries on Wednesday. Jamaal Lascelles will once again operate alongside Federico Fernandez at the centre of the Newcastle backline. Both defenders will try to maintain a high line and defend in numbers so that they can restrict the Hammers from scoring this weekend.
Javier Manquillo is a major doubt for this game but could get the nod to start at left-back if he can pass a late fitness test. Emil Krafth keeps his place on the other side as the right-back. Both full-backs will need to get forward more often so that they can provide adequate ammunition for the front players in the attacking third.
Jonjo Shelvey and Nabil Bentaleb will anchor the Magpies midfield as they focus on producing another hard-working performance at the centre of the park. The talented trio of Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron and Dwight Gayle will play just ahead of them as part of Bruce’s attack. All three of them will be responsible for breaking down the West Ham defence so that they can orchestrate some clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities for Joelinton up top.
Valentino Lazaro and Isaac Hayden will have to settle for a spot on the bench but might get a chance to come on and make an impact in the second half if needed.
Joelinton will spearhead the Magpies attack up top. He failed to register a goal versus the Cherries but might fancy his chances of finding the back of the net when the Hammers visit St. James’ Park this weekend. Andy Carroll will be available for selection on the Newcastle bench.