Just as a follow up to the Lee Bowyer post, it looks as if Nigel Quashie is returning to Upton Park…
Playing Newcastle at St James’s Park is always a lottery for West Ham. We usually either get thumped or pull off a memorable victory. There always seem to be a few goals. Having said that, the last time we won there was in 1998. The team is likely to be rather different, both defensively and in midfield tomorrow, although Cole and Bellamy will both start.
Scott Parker is back from suspension and he will partner Mark Noble in midfield, I imagine with Behrami coming in on the right and Collison switching to the left. Behrami is becoming a vital player to us. He has won more free kicks than any other plater in the Premier League. Lucas Neill is also fit to return so Julien Faubert will miss out, and Matthew Upson will come in for James Tomkins. Kieron Dyer will hopefully get another runout for twenty minutes from the bench.
Our substitute picks are going to be increasingly interesting as the squad reduces in size.
We’re looking for our fourth successive victory and to extend our six match unbeaten run away from home. I am very optimistic we can get a point or three at Newcastle. Let’s hope the team don’t prove me wrong. Come on Carlton, a fourth successive goal please!