Monday, September 18, 2006


Match Prediction: Newcastle

Sadly because of Europe our game against Newcastle has been moved to Sunday and therefore no TV coverage in Australia. However if anybody is going to Asia this weekend, Star Sports are showing a delayed coverage which kicks off 2am AEST.

Our Opponents:

Newcastle come to town this weekend bringing back the ever popular (not) Glenn Roeder with them. The Geordies finished in 7th place last season in Glenda’s first season as manager – ironically the same as his first season in charge at West Ham (we all remember what happened the following season). In other similarities we had long term injuries in our relegation season to key strikers Kanoute and Di Canio just as they do now with Owen. Newcastle’s advantage over us in this tie last year was Michael Owen. An evenly contested game finished 4-2 to Newcastle with Owen’s cutting edge in front of goal getting him his first hatrick for the barcodes and ultimately the difference between the two sides.

Player to Watch: Scott Parker

West Ham:

With Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano making their debuts in midweek I expect there to be no turning back for these twol. I expect Javier & Carlos both to start this weekend and I expect the team to go all out to end this mini baron run which has not seen us win since the opening game against Charlton. Bobby Zamora is still going with his goals in the league and has netted 5 goals in his first four appearances. Harewood looked sharp when he came on against Palermo in midweek and will be pushing to make a place in the team his own.

Predicted Hammers Team: Carroll, Konch, Gabbs, Anton, Mears, Bowyer, Mascherano, Reo-Coker, Yossi, Zamora, Tevez.

Player to Watch: Zamora

Prediction: 2-0 win

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