Newcastle vs West HamEnglish Premier League, KO: 12:30 Apr 17, 2021, St James' Park
TWO teams with very different Premier League priorities square off on Saturday afternoon, as Newcastle welcome West Ham to St James' Park.
The Magpies have been perched precariously above the relegation zone for a number of months now, but Steve Bruce's side took a significant stride towards Premier League safety with a spirited 2-1 win at Burnley last Sunday.
That Turf Moor triumph coupled with Fulham's cruel 1-0 loss against Wolves has given the Toon a six point buffer over the bottom-three, not to mention Newcastle have played a game less than their relegation rivals.
As such, Bruce and Co have eased their relegation fears and they will be desperate to put another three points on the board when highflying West Ham come to town this weekend.
David Moyes' men are having a season to remember and their charge towards Champions League qualification is showing no signs of slowing down.
West Ham have emerged victorious in just one of their last six visits to this venue but the Irons are even-money (Bet 365) favourites to collect three points at St James' Park on Saturday.
Goals have been a regular feature in games involving West Ham this season and I suspect another entertaining encounter could be in-store at St James' Park on Saturday.
Both teams have obliged in each of the Hammers last three Premier League matches and with that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised to see we can get some 9/10 (SportNation) on both sides getting on the scoresheet this weekend.
When delving a bit deeper into the stats it can be seen that BTTS backers would have been rewarded in 18/31 West Ham league matches this season – the second-highest tally in the top-flight this term.
What's more, 14 of the 15 sides to visit this venue this season have managed to get the scoreboard, while West Ham have notched in 11 of their 15 road trips this term.
It's also worth noting that both teams have scored in 17 of Newcastle's 31 league games this and that only adds to the appeal of siding with a repeat on Tyneside on Saturday.
I'll also head to the Bet Builder feature and combine over zero Newcastle goals and over two Newcastle corners, a 20/23 shot with Bet 365.
The Magpies have made the net bulge in each of their last seven matches at their north east base, while West Ham have conceded at least one goal in five of their last six away games.
In order to boost up the price, I'll throw in over two Newcastle corners – the Toon will be buoyed by the return of talisman Allan Saint-Maximin, not to mention Newcastle have hit 3+ corners in seven of their last eight Premier League league outings.
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