Newcastle need to win this game to keep things in their hand as they look to secure their Premier League status for another season.
The Magpies know that a win will guarantee their Premier League survival as their failure to win this game coupled with Hull City defeating Manchester United can put their top flight survival under serious threat.
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Newcastle United are currently 17th in the league with 36 points on the table, two more than Hull City.
It would have been hard to imagine Newcastle in such state when Alan Pardew left the club halfway through season and Craver took over.
The hosts have lost 9 out of their last 10 Premier League games and they are in serious danger of relegating, but it depends on Hull City’s result against Manchester United to a great extent.
West Ham United have issue of their own to handle as the future of manager Sam Allardyce remains a major source of speculation.
Big Sam’s future with the club is far from certain and it is expected that the gaffer will walk out of the club after the game against Newcastle United on Sunday.
Mike Williamson has served his two match suspension is expected to go directly into the starting eleven for Magpies.
Carver would be hoping that the return of Williamson will boast Newcastle’s defence and his height will give them some protection against a team which loves to play direct game by relying on long balls.
Siem de Jong is also expected to return to the starting eleven after he was declared with by the medical team.
Papiss Cisse has declared himself fit but is short of match practice, but the manager can risk starting him, as they look to win this game by hook or crook.
West Ham welcome back James Tomkins, who has recovered from dislocated shoulder.