HEAD TO HEAD
SATURDAY'S meeting is the 113th match between the two clubs, and the 108th in the league.
Our full record against West Ham reads: P112 W44 D32 L36 F166 A156
Our full away record against the Hammers reads: P55 W12 D15 L28 F56 A96
Our full Premiership record against West Ham reads: P21 W8 D5 L8 F30 A24
Saturday is also Graeme Souness' 50th Premiership match in charge of the Magpies, and his 75th in control in all competitions.
Our best win at Upton Park was a 5-3 success on February 20, 1960. United's most recent triumph there was a 1-0 success in the 1997-98 season.
Our heaviest loss at the Hammers was an 8-1 drubbing on April 21, 1986 - a night when Peter Beardsley was one of THREE goalkeepers used by the Magpies! Alvin Martin's hat-trick that night was the last treble recorded in this fixture.
WEST Ham need one more goal at Upton Park to register 300 home goals in the Premiership - they have only drawn one blank in front of their own fans this term, a 0-0 with Arsenal back on September 24.
Titus Bramble is poised to make his 100th start for Newcastle in all competitions.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
SATURDAY'S referee is Phil Dowd. His last Newcastle game was our controversial 1-0 Premiership loss at Wigan on October 15, when Alan Shearer's equalising 'goal' was not awarded.
Catch full 90 minutes radio commentary from Upton Park on Newcastle World.