West Ham v Newcastle: The Hammers can dazzle Magpies

Will David Moyes still be smiling after West Ham's match with Newcastle?
Will David Moyes still be smiling after West Ham's match with Newcastle?

Dan Fitch is backing West Ham to continue their revival when they play host to struggling Newcastle.

"Newcastle have not won any of their last nine games."

Back West Ham to win at 2.26/5

West Ham 2.26/5 v Newcastle 3.9; The Draw 3.412/5
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Can the Moyes comeback revitalise West Ham?

It seems that David Moyes may not be finished after all.

Having established himself as one of the Premier League's top managers during his 11-year spell at Everton, the Scottish manager then endured successive failures at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland. The variety in the clubs at which Moyes failed, added to the feeling that his time as an elite manager was over.

Now he's challenging that idea at his new club West Ham. The Hammers are now unbeaten in their last three Premier League games, which includes a victory over Chelsea and a draw with Arsenal. Moyes has got the undoubtedly talented West Ham squad working hard enough to make the most of their quality, with new signing Marko Arnautovic looking particularly transformed.

Though West Ham have a strong squad, it's being tested by the busy Christmas schedule. Edimilson Fernandes, Jose Fonte, Cheikhou Kouyate are all out injured, while Manuel Lanzini is suspended. Mark Noble could return after being withdrawn during the 3-0 victory against Stoke last weekend.

Takeover deal needs to happen before Janaury

The proposed takeover of Newcastle United can't come quickly enough.

With Rafa Benitez having not being given the funds he wanted to invest in the squad over the summer, Newcastle lack Premier League quality following their promotion from the Championship last season. The owner Mike Ashley is clearly not going to pump more money into the side when it's possible that he might sell the club, but unless a deal can go through soon, Benitez will have no money to spend in the January transfer window.

Yet even if Amanda Staveley's proposed takeover does go through, it's rumoured that Benitez will only have £30m to spend, which means he'll have to invest the money very wisely. Benitez is not used to operating at this end of the transfer market and needs to get it right, with his team having not won any of their last nine games.

Newcastle are currently without the services of the injured Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrovic, with Jonjo Shelvey serving a ban after being sent off in the recent defeat to Everton.

Moyes will claim another win

West Ham are the 2.26/5 favourites, with the draw at 3.412/5 and Newcastle out at 3.9.

That's a fair assessment considering that the Hammers have found some form, at a time when Newcastle have slid into the relegation zone. If you're looking for a safer bet, think about the Draw No Bet option for West Ham at 1.564/7, or for a bigger price, go for the home side to win half-time/full-time at 3.711/4, with Newcastle losing at half-time in six of their last seven games.

Newly reliable West Ham can keep the scores down

Under 2.5 goals is 1.738/11, with overs at 2.206/5.

Three of West Ham's last four games have seen less than three goals, while Newcastle's last two games have only seen one goal. With that in mind Under 1.5 Goals is an option at 3.2011/5, while West Ham are 2.68/5 to keep a clean sheet, as they have done in each of their last three Premier League games.

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