Newcastle United and West Ham United will meet again on the opening day of the Premier League season, this time against the faithful at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Bruce’s men will aim to stay out of harm’s way for the entirety of the 2021-22 campaign, while West Ham must balance national and European commitments.
Newcastle and relegation scraps are inevitable these days, but the introduction of a certain borrower from Arsenal eventually propelled the Magpies out of the last three and into a fifth consecutive Premier League season.
Bruce’s men languished in 17th place with just nine games to play, but Joe Willock’s heroics against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, West Ham United, and Sheffield United, to name just a few, saw Newcastle win three of their last four games. . and finish as high as 12.
With frustration from stalled acquisition talks continuing to rumble in the background, Newcastle’s preseason began with a 1-0 loss to York City, but the Magpies responded with hits over Doncaster Rovers, Burton Albion, and Norwich City, beating the latter. 3-0 in front of the returning crowd from St James’ Park.
To say it has been a disappointing transfer movement summer, however, would be an understatement, with three academy prospects representing the club’s only income so far, although a £ 25 million deal for Willock is still expected to come true.
Having become synonymous with a huge injury list, the absences of Bruce’s two first-choice goalkeepers certainly won’t help a team that only kept two clean sheets in the Premier League at home all of last season, while West Ham wants to correct the mistakes of the opening. day 11 months ago.
David Moyes ‘irrepressible machine will now attempt to prove his worth on the European stage, as the Hammers’ sixth-place finish in the 2020-21 season saw them reach the Europa League group stage for the first time.
For a time, Champions League football seemed to be on West Ham’s agenda, but losses to Newcastle United, Chelsea, and Everton crushed those dreams of a team that, like Newcastle, was inspired by a six-month loan signing. with the intention of rekindling. his career.
Jesse Lingard traveled to the capital after enduring a painfully difficult first half of the season at Old Trafford, where his chances were few and far between under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but with 14 goal contributions in 16 games for the Hammers (nine goals, five assists), his role in his European office proved invaluable.
The club’s attempts to bring Lingard back to London Stadium permanently have not paid off so far, but they certainly didn’t need him to enjoy a flashy preseason period, winning his last five exhibition matches, including a 2 -0. success over Atalanta and a 6-2 win over Celtic.
This time last season, Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick scored in a 2-0 win for Newcastle at West Ham on the opening weekend and the capital team is poised to end a five-game losing streak in the Opening day before your trip to the North. East.