West Ham entertain Newcastle in Monday night’s match with fans of both still working out their new managers.
Newcastle United are yet to win this season but the football on show has been a lot more pleasing despite the disappointing results as Steve McClaren looks to rebuild after a difficult season last term.
Meanwhile, West Ham under Slaven Bilic have beaten Liverpool and Arsenal away but have lost to Leicester and Bournemouth at home in a strange set of results.
The last time Bilic faced McClaren he helped Croatia stop England qualifying for Euro 2008, in a match where the latter subsequently lost his job and was labelled the ‘wally with the brolly’.
On the final day of last term, the last time these two sides met, the Magpies secured survival with a 2-0 win over the Irons at St James’ Park.
Bilic will be boosted by the knowledge that Andy Carroll could play some part against his old club after returning to fitness after a long-term knee injury.
The Hammers also have plenty of new attacking options with recent signings Nikica Jelavic, Victor Moses and Michail Antonio all available.
Mauro Zarate could also return from a hamstring problem but Alex Song and Enner Valencia are both out injured, while goalkeeper Adrian is still serving a ban from his sending off against Leicester.
Newcastle go into the match having scored just once in their last eight away league games but the did pick up their first away point in seven matches at Old Trafford in their most recent trip.
They will now look to gain their first away win since January, but, to do so, will need to improve their disciplinary record with two red cards in their last four games.
Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will begin his three-match ban meaning Papiss Cisse will probably be given the task of scoring the visitor’s first league goal since the opening weekend.
Paul Dummett is out with a hamstring injury, while Sylvain Marveaux and Emmanuel Riviere remain long-term casualties.
This match has been a closely fought contest in recent seasons with two wins apiece and two draws in the last six meetings.
League Position: West Ham – 10th, 6 pts; Newcastle – 18th, 2 pts
Last Meeting: Newcastle 2-0 West Ham, May 2015
Key Men: West Ham – Dimitri Payet; Newcastle – Moussa Sissoko
Form: West Ham – WLLW; Newcastle – DLDL
Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Newcastle