West Ham vs Newcastle United – LIVE!

West Ham slumped to a fourth successive opening day loss without scoring at London Stadium on Saturday night.

David Moyes’ side twice hit the crossbar during a competitive first half before producing a dreadful display after the interval.

Debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick both netted on debut for the visitors, who added to the growing sense of unrest already developing at West Ham this season.

Giuseppe Muro was at the London Stadium, with George Flood running you through the action…

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Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League match between West Ham and Newcastle.

We have Giuseppe Muro at the London Stadium, with George Flood running you through the game.

Stick with us for all the build-up, action and reaction.

West Ham team news

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David Moyes has confirmed that Tomas Soucek is fit and available for the start of West Ham’s season.

The January signing, who made his loan move permanent at the start of the summer, was forced to quarantine on international duty after a member of the Czech Republic coaching staff tested positive for coronavirus.

However, the midfielder – who was one of West Ham’s standout performers across the second half of the season – is back and available to face Newcastle today.

“Tomas is back, all fine,” said Moyes. “The problem happened in the Czech Republic but he’s been back a couple of days and trained, he’s OK. The disappointing thing from our point of view is two games that he has missed for fitness.”

Predicted lineup

Before the official team news drops in around 20 minutes or so, here is how Standard Sport sees West Ham lining up this evening (4-4-2)…

Fabianski; Johnson, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Bowen, Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Antonio, Haller

Moyes hoping for Haller/Antonio partnership

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With Sebastian Haller now back to full fitness, David Moyes is hoping the Frenchman can rekindle his partnership with Michail Antonio, who ended last season in the form of his career as Moyes’s only striker.

The Hammers boss said: “We had it on a couple of occasions last season, we did it against Southampton and before I came in as well. We got some joy. It was only through injury that we changed it around a little bit.

“That is what happens in football, sometimes you get an injury. When we lost Seb for the majority of the lockdown games the players found a way to get us goals so long may that continue.”

West Ham team

Starting XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Soucek, Rice; Fornals, Noble, Bowen; Antonio

Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Johnson, Felipe Anderson, Lanzini, Haller, Yarmolenko

Newcastle team

Starting XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Shelvey, Hendrick, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Carroll, Wilson

Subs: Gillespie, Joelinton, Ritchie, Krafth, Fraser, Almiron, S Longstaff

Soucek starts, Haller benched

The big news for West Ham is that Tomas Soucek makes the starting line-up!

Soucek recently completed a self-isolation period after he came into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus while with the Czech Republic on international duty. 

He starts alongside Declan Rice in midfield, while Michail Antonio – who was in scintillating form at the end of last season – gets the nod ahead of Sebastien Haller. 

Wilson, Lewis and Hendrick start 

New signing Callum Wilson is instantly handed a starting role in the Newcastle XI, alongside fellow incomings Jamal Lewis and Jeff Hendrick. 

Ryan Fraser has to settle for a place on the bench, however, where he is surrounded by quality in the shape of Matt Ritchie and Miguel Almiron. 

Wilson will be operating in perhaps a wider role than he did at Bournemouth, with Andy Carroll leading the line. 

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A quick look at message boards and social media this week and you sense West Ham are one defeat away from a potential crisis.

Owners David Gold and David Sullivan are under fire again and the Hammers desperately need a win to ease some of the negativity.

With a horror run against six of last season’s top eight in their next six games, lose tonight and things could quickly turn ugly.

Opening day results

Before kick-off at the London Stadium, let’s have a quick glance back to the earlier results on the opening day of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign. 

Arsenal looked thoroughly impressive in the early kick-off, easing past fellow Londoners Fulham 3-0. 

Crystal Palace then earned a steely 1-0 victory over Southampton in the 3pm kick-off, Wilfred Zaha with the only goal. 

In a highly entertaining evening fixture, Liverpool scraped past a Leeds side that looked like they belong in the Premier League, eventually coming out 4-3 winners. 

Giuseppe Muro at London Stadium

There’s no Jack Wilshere in the West Ham squad.

There have been reports this week that West Ham are trying to negotiate a termination of his £100,000-a-week contract.

David Moyes has said every player is “fit and ready to go”, so Wilshere’s omission could be telling.


The final game of this opening Premier League Saturday is under way!

Both sides take a knee before the action starts.

1 min: Former Hammers striker Andy Carroll leaves an early mark by leading with the elbow and catching Soucek.

The VAR takes a look at it, but play continues without any further punishment beyond a free-kick.

Carroll can count himself a tad fortunate there…

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Andy Carroll has got away with one there.

There were barely 30 seconds on the clock when he clattered Soucek with an elbow.

You can bet David Moyes will be asking why no red card was shown if West Ham do not go on to win this game.

4 mins: A good passage of play from Newcastle as Allan Saint-Maximin finds Jamal Lewis, whose flat cross from the left is headed wide by Callum Wilson.

Two of Newcastle’s three debutants almost linking up to great effect there.

6 mins: Issa Diop makes a vital clearance after the speedy Wilson races through and tries to find strike partner Carroll with a low cross.

From the resulting corner, Federico Fernandez gets across his marker at the front post and sees a header beaten away by Lukasz Fabianski, who is under big pressure from Jeff Hendrick.

Some early warning signs at the back for West Ham.

9 mins: Again Carroll escapes punishment for leading with the elbow during an aerial tussle with West Ham right-back Ryan Fredericks.

That was not quite as blatant as the first, but still a real risk.

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Angelo Ogbonna asked referee Stuart Attwell why Andy Carroll has been allowed to get away with another elbow.

“That’s two times,” screamed Ogbonna.

Newcastle clearly see that aerial route through Carroll as a good way for them to get up the pitch and that is something West Ham need to be wary of.


13 mins: Isaac Hayden receives the first yellow card of the evening for bringing down Michail Antonio.

Mark Noble’s floated free-kick is then headed against the crossbar by Angelo Ogbonna!

15 mins: Hayden is already walking a bit of a disciplinary tightrope for Newcastle as he commits another obvious foul on a yellow card.

Steve Bruce will be eager for the former Arsenal midfielder to demonstrate some restraint, with over an hour still to go in this one.

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Team news

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Soucek, Rice; Fornals, Noble, Bowen; Antonio

Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Johnson, Felipe Anderson, Lanzini, Haller, Yarmolenko

Newcastle XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Shelvey, Hendrick, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Carroll, Wilson

Subs: Gillespie, Joelinton, Ritchie, Krafth, Fraser, Almiron, S Longstaff

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