Newcastle v West Ham Odds : Back Pardew to get off mark as Allardyce returns to St James

The latest Newcastle v West Ham odds as Paddy Power make Alan Pardew’s Newcastle an attractive price of 13/10 in the betting to take the spoils at St James Park.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce makes a return to Newcastle aiming to pile the early season pressure on Alan Pardew.

Newcastle endured an opening night to forget as they crashed 4-0 away to Manchester City in the first Monday night football game of the new season while West Ham enjoyed a winning start thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Cardiff.

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The clash promises to be an interesting affair with the perceived doom and gloom around St James’s over the lack of transfer activity taking the gloss of what is a potentially top 6 side.

With the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran all on the books not to mention the injured Loic Remy Pardew will be hoping that he can replicate the form of the 2011/2012 season when the club finished 5th.

Remy is not due to return to action until mid-September while Jonas Gutierrez won’t play on Saturday after injuring a hamstring against City. David Santon is set to return while Steven Taylor is suspended following his red card on Monday.

Yohan Cabaye, subject to a failed bid by Arsenal earlier this week, could return after missing the loss to Manchester City. Pardew admitted the player’s “head was turned” by the bid, which arrived just hours prior to the clash at the Etihad, and left him in Tyneside.

The Hammers make the trip to St. James’ Park without the services of ex-magpie striker Andy Carroll with a heel injury ruling the £15 million pound striker out. George McCartney, a former Sunderland player, also misses out on a return to the North-East although Kevin Nolan, fresh from his goal against Cardiff last weekend, will play against his old club.

West Ham won just three games on the road last season and Allardyce wants his side to improve on that record as they bid to build on the opening day win over Cardiff.

He said: “We have to be 100 per cent focused and we have to improve our away form from last season, starting with Saturday’s game at Newcastle.

“First game of the season at St James’ Park and the fans will lift the players, so we will have to be on top form to make sure we get a result.”

This one kicks off at St James park at 15:00 GMT.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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