Newcastle fans prepare Ashley protest before West Ham game

  • Newcastle fans prepare Ashley protest before West Ham game

Newcastle fans prepare Ashley protest before West Ham game

Through the first 13 games of the Premier League season, Newcastle and West Ham are level on points with 12. The current Newcastle boss was effusive in his praise of Liverpool and Newcastle fans, but curiously omitted the Blues, for whom he was interim manager in the 2012/2013 season. On Saturday, the Magpies welcome West Ham to St. James' Park, with one team looking to move ahead of the other in the table.

Newcastle are a place above West Ham on goal difference and have momentum on their side, having won their last three games in a row, while Pellegrini's men are coming off a 4-0 defeat by leaders Manchester City. Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1 last weekend with Jose Salomon Rondon scoring both goals. When explaingn why he sets up more defensively in some games. The Spaniard remains popular on Merseyside after winning the Champions League and FA Cup during six years in charge, but is less well-regarded at Chelsea despite winning the Europa League in his only season at the club.

Despite their relatively smooth run of fixtures in December, Pellegrini will know that there is no room for complacency, especially considering the fact that West Ham have struggled to take maximum points from teams in and around them.

The first major concern for West Ham will be the injury status of their forward Marko Arnautovic.

The Premier League match between Newcastle and West Ham will be broadcast online. Live streaming is available on NBC Sports Gold, which you can access with a subscription.