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West Ham searching for improvements at Newcastle United

Filed: Tuesday, 27th November 2018
By: Staff Writer #3

West Ham United visit Newcastle United on Saturday aiming to improve on their recent poor run of form in the Premier League.

The Hammers have won just one of their last six matches in the league and will face a Newcastle side who have reeled off three victories in row to move out of the relegation zone.

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Fans watching West Ham live streaming games in the Premier League will be eager to see a better performance this weekend following their sideís dismal defeat against Manchester City.

The league leaders scored with four of their nine shots on Saturday and although Manuel Pellegriniís side showed signs of life in the second-half they were comprehensively beaten.

West Ham have now won only once since September 29 and they need to regain the winning thread sooner rather than later.

Pellegrini will hope Marko Arnautovic is fit to play at St Jamesí Park after seeing the clubís top scorer hobble off against City.

The Austria international has bagged five goals in 11 Premier League appearances this term and his absence would be a major blow against the resurgent Magpies.

Victories over Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley have moved Newcastle above West Ham in the Premier League table and they will fancy their chances of extending that run on Saturday.

After an abject start to the campaign that saw them take three points from a possible 30 in a winless 10-game run, Newcastle have finally found their form.

Their performance at Turf Moor was indicative of a team growing in confidence, with manager Rafa Benitezís tactics of playing a trio of central midfielders working wonders against the Clarets.

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The Hammersí recent record against Newcastle is not good, with their 2-0 victory back in September 2015 their only success in their last five meetings.

West Ham have won just three of their last 23 Premier League matches against Newcastle and they will be eager to take something from the game ahead of a busy schedule during December.

Upcoming fixtures against Cardiff City (H), Crystal Palace (H), Fulham (A), Watford (H), Southampton (A) and Burnley (A) appear favourable, and it is important that the Hammers gather a sizeable return of points from that run of games.

With just four points separating the bottom eight sides in the league, this seasonís relegation battle is shaping up to be a massive dogfight.

A 12-14 point return from the next seven games would ease some of the pressure at the London Stadium Ė any more than that would certainly be welcomed.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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