By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United entertain West Ham on Saturday afternoon in the Barclays Premier League at St. James' Park.
It is the Magpies' first home game of the new campaign, and they will be hoping for a change in fortunes from Monday's 4-0 defeat at Manchester City.
In contrast, West Ham opened their season with a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City, with Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan on target.
When the sides met last season, Nolan's solitary goal earned the Hammers all three points on Tyneside, while they played out a goalless draw in London.
Saturday's meeting is the 124th match between the two clubs, and the 119th in the league. United are looking for their 50th win against the Hammers.
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4th May, 2013 - West Ham 0 Newcastle 0
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel (Matt Taylor 80), Winston Reid, James Collins, Joey O'Brien; Gary O'Neill, Mohamed Diame; Ricardo Vaz Te (Jack Collison 59), Kevin Nolan, Matt Jarvis (Joe Cole 84); Andy Carroll
Newcastle (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 65), Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Dan Gosling 77)
FULL RECORD v WEST HAM
P123 W49 D36 L38 F189 A170
(Last six games - including friendlies)
Newcastle - LDDWWD
West Ham - WWLWWL
Newcastle (v Manchester City, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapo Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Hatem Ben Arfa (Sammy Ameobi 64), Yoan Gouffran (Paul Dummett 45), Jonas Gutierrez (Vurnon Anita 44); Papiss CIsse
Not used: Rob Elliot, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
West Ham (v Cardiff City, Premier League): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel, James Collins, Winston Reid, Joey O'Brien; Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame (Alou Diarra 82); Joe Cole (Ricardo Vaz Te 90), Kevin Nolan, Matthew Jarvis (Stewart Downing 71); Modibo Maiga
Not used: Adrian, James Tomkins, Razvan Rat, Ravel Morrison
Newcastle - Steven Taylor serves the first of a three-game ban for his sending off at Manchester City, while United have injury doubts over Cheick Tiote and Jonas Gutierrez. Definitely sidelined are Ryan Taylor, Massadio Haidara and Mike Williamson.
West Ham - Defender George McCartney is ruled out with a knee injury, while former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is unlikely to be fit in time to face his old club.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We hope to put a smile on our fans' face on Saturday. The most important people are them, that they turn up on Saturday. We need a really positive attitude at the ground for the team. We want to set our stall out on Saturday and put in a performance where our fans can walk away hoping that we can build on that with new signings."
Kevin Nolan, West Ham midfielder: "We have them as the first away game of the season and going back there will be tough but it's one I'm looking forward to after such a fantastic start. It's a fantastic stadium to play in and the fans are so passionate. Hopefully we can replicate what we did last season - I thought we were brilliant, gave a solid performance and getting the goal was fantastic."
Phil Dowd (Staffordshire): 2012/13 record - 37 games, 126 yellow cards, 5 red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
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
DID YOU KNOW?
West Ham have lost their last five Premier League away games.