Paul Merson releases Newcastle vs West Ham prediction ahead of six-pointer at SJP

Paul Merson is backing Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United to come away with a vital three points in tomorrow’s early kick-off against West Ham.

The Sky Sports pundit believes Newcastle have “got to start somewhere when it comes to winning trophies” and believes any European spot would be huge to keep us on track, as FFP has proven that a massive cash injection isn’t the route to glory it once was.

It’s a huge game, as Wes Ham are currently four points ahead of us and in that final European spot (7th), but a win would take us to within a point of the Hammers with a game in hand. It feels like a massive moment in our season and Merson is backing us to win 2-1.

Speaking to Sportskeeda, he said: “Newcastle and West Ham have go to start somewhere when it comes to winning trophies. If that requires them to fight for a European spot, they need to work towards it and focus on getting the right results, especially in matches like these.

“With the fair play rules now in place, teams are realising that they can’t just rely on a massive cash injection to propel them to glory. We thought getting all that money would help Newcastle United turn things around massively, but that isn’t how it has panned out.

“Newcastle are languishing in 10th place in the Premier League table and need to start picking up points. They have had loads of injuries, but that’s the case with most other teams. Newcastle may not find this game comfortable, but I do expect them to win.

“Prediction: Newcastle United 2-0 West Ham United”

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