All the information you need as Rafa Benitez and Slaven Bilic both look to secure their first Premier League win of the season
NEWCASTLE and West Ham meet this week with both clubs desperately searching for their first Premier League wins of the season.
Rafa Benitez’s side have slumped to defeats to Tottenham and Huddersfield while the Hammers have been beaten by Manchester United and Southampton their first two games.
When is Newcastle vs West Ham?
The Toon play host to West Ham on Saturday 26 August.
The match at St James’ Park will kick off at 3pm.
What TV channel is showing Newcastle vs West Ham?
The match is not being screened live in television, but you can follow the action in our live Premier League matchday blog.
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Newcastle still have Jonjo Shelvey missing through suspension following his red card in the opening day match against Tottenham.
Rafael Benitez will have to decide whether to make a change in attack with Aleksandar Mitrovic pushing for a start as Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez have failed to hit the target so far.
West Ham will be without defender Winston Reid for the trip to the north-east after he suffered a calf injury in the warm-up at Southampton last week.
Record signing Mark Arnautovic is suspended after his red card against Saints, but Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini have returned to training this week and have a small chance of being fit.
- Newcastle have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League home games against West Ham (W7 D5 L1).
- Only against Aston Villa (22) and Tottenham Hotspur (21) have Newcastle won more Premier League matches than versus West Ham (17).
- Newcastle have lost both of their opening two games to a Premier League season for only the third time. On the other two occasions, they finished the season in the top 11 (3 rd in 1993-94 and 11 th in 1999-00).
- The only previous time that Newcastle have lost their opening three games to a Premier League season was in 1999-00, when they had to wait until their fourth game to pick up their first point.
- West Ham have conceded seven goals in their opening two Premier League games of the season; the most they have conceded at this stage in a league campaign since 1988-89 (7).
- This is the fifth time that West Ham have lost their opening two games to a Premier League season, but they have only been relegated in one of those campaigns (2010-11).
- The aforementioned 2010-11 Premier League season is the only previous time that the Hammers have lost each of their opening three games to a Premier League campaign.
- Newcastle haven’t won a Premier League game in the month of August since 2013; losing five and drawing four of their nine matches in the month since then.
- Rafael Benitez has seen his Newcastle side lose their first two Premier League games of the season under his stewardship – he’s never lost three successive games as a Premier League manager before.
- Joe Hart has conceded 17 goals in his last five appearances in league competition and saved just 10 shots in this period.
- Javier Hernández has now scored 39 Premier League goals following his brace against Southampton; all 39 of these goals have come from inside the box.
- The Mexican poacher has scored three goals in his last four Premier League starts against Newcastle.
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