Easter provides a stiff test of West Ham’s top-seven aspirations

Newcastle United v West Ham United – St James Park – West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur – London Stadium – Premier League – Saturday/Tuesday (12:30 and 8:15pm) – Preview

West Ham United return to Premier League action after the international break and are immediately faced with a stiff test of their top-seven credentials with tough encounters against Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur coming over the Easter period.

The Hammers signed off ahead of the break unbeaten in four, with two wins followed by as many draws. the most recent a 1-1 stalemate with top-four chasing Aston Villa at the London Stadium.

Predicting the Premier League is never easy directly after an international hiatus. Nevertheless, the East Londoners have already claimed four from a possible six points from Newcastle and Spurs this season and a similar haul might go some way toward securing a fourth season of European football for David Moyes’ men.

West Ham has come away from St James Park unbeaten in each of their last two visits, winning 4-2 in August 2021, thanks to goals from Aaron Cresswell, Saïd Benrahma, Tomáš Souček and Michail Antonio, while last season’s trip to the North-East ended in stalemate – Lucas Paquetá’s strike just after the half-hour mark cancelling out Callum Wilson’s early opener for The Toon.

Presuming Moyes has no further injury concerns following the break, only Maxwel Cornet is ruled out with a continuation of his troublesome thigh problem.

Edson Alvarez misses both Easter matches through suspension after accumulating ten yellow cards. Meanwhile, the Scotsman is sweating over the fitness of starlet Mohammed Kudus who is struggling with a knee injury and currently rates 50/50.

Old adversaries Tottenham head to the London Stadium similarly looking to secure a European berth. The Hammers came from behind to take all three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier in the season. Second-half goals from Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse turned the game on its head after Cristian Romero had given the Lilywhites an early lead.

The Hammers are unbeaten in their last three Premier League meetings with Tottenham at the London Stadium, winning 2-1 and 1-0 in February and October 2021, as well as drawing 1-1 in August 2022 – Soucek again the man on target for the East Londoners.

Jeevesie’s prediction;

Newcastle United 2-1 West Ham United

West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Brian Jeeves

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