Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United travel to Upton Park on Saturday afternoon to take on West Ham in the Barclays Premier League.

Both sides go into the fixture on the back of defeats - the Hammers having suffered a 2-1 reverse at Manchester City last weekend, while the Magpies were beaten 6-0 at home by Liverpool.

When the sides met earlier in the season, a solitary strike from former Newcastle skipper was enough to secure victory for the visitors on Tyneside, and United will be hoping for revenge in the capital this weekend.


Saturday's meeting is the 123rd match between the two clubs, and the 118th in the league. United are looking for their 50th win against the Hammers.

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November 11th, 2012 - Newcastle 0 West Ham 1 (Nolan 38)

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gabriel Obertan 79), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (Vurnon Anita 24), Shane Ferguson; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 46)

West Ham (4-4-1-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Joey O'Brien, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, George McCartney (Guy Demel 67); Yossi Benayoun (Gary O'Neil 52), Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame, Matt Jarvis (Modibo Maiga 34); Kevin Nolan; Andy Carroll

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(Last six games - all competitions)

West Ham - LWDDDW
Newcastle - LDLDWL

West Ham (v Manchester City, Premier League): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry; Samir Nasri (Kolo Toure 87), Carlos Tevez (Javi Garcia 84), David Silva (James Milner 78); Sergio Aguero
Not used: Costel Pantilimon, Aleksandar Kolarov, Matija Nastasic, Edin Dzeko

Newcastle (v Liverpool, Premier League): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; James Perch (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Cheick Tiote (Vurnon Anita 65), Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Jonas Gutierrez (Yoan Gouffran 46)
Not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi

West Ham - Defender George McCartney is ruled out with a knee injury, while centre-back James Tomkins faces a race against time to be fit following a calf complaint. That aside, Sam Allardyce has a full squad to select from.

Newcastle - Mathieu Debuchy serves a one-game ban following his sending off last weekend against Liverpool, but the Magpies are boosted by the return of club captain Fabricio Coloccini following a 12-game absence with a back injury. Full-back Massadio Haidara (hamstring) is a doubt, while Tim Krul (shoulder), Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Davide Santon (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee) all remain sidelined.

Neil McDonald, West Ham assistant manager: "I think it'll be a tough one. I think they'll come and keep it nice and tight. They're on the verge of getting involved (in the relegation battle) but personally I think they've got enough points. They'll try to keep a clean sheet and get something on the counter-attack. When Newcastle's January signings first came in they hit the ground running. They've gone through a little sticky patch at the moment but I'm sure they will come through it, just after Saturday."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "The group is very much together. We have the destiny of ourselves in our own hands. We're not in the hands of anyone else - only us can put it right. We've got a little gap so we need to exploit that and make sure we extend it. I haven't even looked at the run-ins of the other clubs because it's very, very important that you focus on yourself. We put a poor performance in last Saturday and we need to put that right. That's the most important thing."

Phil Dowd (Staffordshire): 2012/13 record - 34 games, 118 yellow cards, 5 red cards

Demba Ba, Tom Barnlett, Craig Bellamy, Lee Bowyer, Andy Carroll, John Dawsey, Kieron Dyer, Abdoulaye Faye, Les Ferdinand, Paul Goddard, Shaka Hislop, Vic Keeble, David Kelly, Matthew Kingsley, Paul Kitson, James Loughlin, Rob Lee, Kevin Nolan, Scott Parker, Stuart Pearce, Wayne Quinn, Bryan 'Pop' Robson, Keith Robson, Nolberto Solano, Isaac Tate

Newcastle have scored more injury-time goals than any other team in the Premier League this season - six.