Newcastle v West Ham preview: Manuel Lanzini to return from injury
Last Updated: 26/08/17 1:56pm
Manuel Lanzini could make his first appearance of the season when West Ham travel to Newcastle on Saturday.
The 24-year-old missed the Hammers' Premier League defeats to Manchester United and Southampton, as well as the Carabao Cup win at Cheltenham, after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.
However, manager Slaven Bilic said: "He was back with the squad on Monday, and he looks really sharp.
"Of course he's hungry, because he was missing while he was injured...he is definitely going to be involved in the squad, and we will see how much we use him."
Both West Ham and Newcastle are without any points after their opening two games of the season.
The Magpies started with a home loss to Tottenham before a 1-0 defeat to fellow Premier League new boys Huddersfield. That was followed by an early exit in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday after an extra-time defeat to Nottingham Forest.
"We have to move forward quickly. Getting three points in the next league game is our objective," said manager Rafael Benitez. "I have confidence the team will improve if we keep working the way we are now,"
Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons faces a late fitness test after picking up a knock against Forest.
Keeper Karl Darlow is out with a thigh problem, while Jonjo Shelvey completes his three-match ban and defenders DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett (both hamstring) and Florian Lejeune (ankle ligaments) are still out.
Andy Carroll is back in West Ham training after his latest lay-off due to a thigh problem and will be assessed.
Winston Reid (calf) is the only definite injury absentee while Marko Arnautovic is still suspended.
Newcastle United have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League home games against West Ham United (W7 D5 L1).
Only against Aston Villa (22) and Tottenham (21) have Newcastle United won more Premier League matches than versus West Ham United (17).
Newcastle have lost both of their opening two games to a Premier League season for only the third time. On the other two occasions, they finished the season in the top 11 (3rd in 1993-94 and 11th in 1999-00).
West Ham have conceded seven goals in their opening two Premier League games of the season; the most they have conceded at this stage in a league campaign since 1988-89 (7).
This is the fifth time that West Ham United have lost their opening two games to a Premier League season, but they have only been relegated in one of those campaigns (2010-11).
Newcastle haven't won a Premier League game in the month of August since 2013; losing five and drawing four of their nine matches in the month since then.
Joe Hart has conceded 17 goals in his last five appearances in league competition and saved just 10 shots in this period.
The way Javier Hernandez has started the season has been very impressive. Against a Newcastle side that need several signings before Deadline Day, and appears to be in disarray, I fancy West Ham at St. James' Park. Things could unravel for Newcastle if they're not careful. Rafa Benitez is not at the club to be an also-ran, he needs to be back in the market.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2 (with Sky Bet)
Newcastle are Sky Bet's 5/4 favourites with West Ham priced at 11/5 while a draw is a 23/10 chance. The Magpies have, however, had their relegation odds almost halved, from 4/1 to 9/4, following their winless and goalless start. Dwight Gayle and Joselu share favouritism a wide-open first goalscorer market at 5/1 apiece, closely followed by Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll (both 11/2).
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