NEWCASTLE UNITED v WEST HAM UNITED 15:00; St.James’ Park
Newcastle suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on Monday night in what was an awful day for manager Alan Pardew. Only hours before kick-off Newcastle received what Pardew referred to as a ‘derisory’ offer for midfielder Yohan Cabaye which resulted in the Frenhcman’s exclusion from the team and disrupted the Magpies preparations. Steven Taylor’s dismissal during the match means Paul Dummett should fill in at left-back as Davide Santon is a doubt with a hip problem.
Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will miss a return to St. James’ Park as he is still side-lined with a heel problem. West Ham recorded a comfortable victory over Cardiff on the opening day and will be boosted by Newcastle’s on and off the field problems. Stewart Downing is pushing to make his first start for the club while Sam Allardyce will have to choose between Joey O’Brien or Razvan Rat as to who starts at left-back.
What to watch out for: Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew have both managed their respective opponents which should give the fixture an added edge and lead to a feisty contest.
Newcastle – Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran, Sissoko, Cisse
West Ham – Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Tomkins, O’Brien, Noble, Nolan, Morrison, J Cole, Maiga, Jarvis