After Monday’s humiliation at the Etihad, Premier League football returns to St James’ Park tomorrow afternoon as West Ham come to town.

Sam Allardyce’s side began their season with a 2-0 victory over new boys Cardiff and will be looking to inflict more despair on a home crowd that has endured a frustrating week.

Yohan Cabaye seems to fancy a move away from the North East after hearing of Arsenal’s interest in his services, while there has been no more incoming transfers from Joe Kinnear and co. Furthermore, Kinnear’s one signing, Loic Remy, is still weeks away from a debut as he regains fitness.

Alan Pardew will have to plug the gap that has been left in the middle of his defence, after Steven Taylor’s ridiculous forearm smash on Sergio Aguero earned him an automatic three-match ban.

That means Fabricio Coloccini will be partnered by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at the back, with a possible start for Paul Dummett at left-back. The youngster came on against Man City on Monday and performed admirably against the formidable Jesus Navas, so Pardew may throw the former St. Mirren loanee in from the start against the Hammers.

Jonas Gutierrez will also miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury last time out, while Cheick Tiote is also doubtful with a knock. Vurnon Anita and the Ameobi brothers are on standby to start the game. Already Pardew has serious problems to address.

Good news for Newcastle comes in the shape of Andy Carroll not being fit enough to make the squad for the visitors, as he continues his recovery from a heel problem. Kevin Nolan has no such worries though, and is in good form after netting against Cardiff last weekend. Stewart Downing – who was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle after being transfer listed by Liverpool just weeks ago – is also in the squad and could start.

The omens are good for Allardyce as he aims to make it five matches unbeaten against Newcastle with his new employers. The previous four times – while being in charge of the Hammers or Blackburn Rovers – Big Sam has been victorious on three occasions, while playing out a 0-0 draw the last time the teams met at St James’ Park.

It’s too early in the season to start informing anyone of what a win could do to either side’s league position, although the result will go a long way to creating an image of what life is going to be like as a Newcastle fan this season.

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  1. michael barker

    a think it is about time the toon stopped all this rubbish saying that there in for this player and that player its time to bring in atleast three new faces without selling any players were is the money from andy carroll sale yohan cabaye saying he won'tbe in team against west ham cause it's messing with is head with arsenal coming in with bid he should be getting on with his job for the toon who are paying his wages at the moment what's happened is that Ashley doesn't want him t play incase he get's a injury then no one will buy him what is the point in buying these good player's then sell them to other club's for double or treble what we paid for them were supposed to be buying players to compete with other club's not sell them or we are going to be in a relegation battle every year do us geordies want that of course not get your finger out Ashley and buy instead of selling

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