Friday, January 19, 2007

Newcastle v West Ham

NEWCASTLE UNITED entertain lowly West Ham desperate to regain some pride after Wednesday night's 1-5 humbling by Steve Bruce's Championship leaders Birmingham in the third round replay - their biggest home defeat in the FA Cup since 1914 and second heaviest ever on home turf in the competition. The busiest of all Premiership clubs go into their 39th match of the season against one of manager Glenn Roeder's former clubs, in search of a ninth Premiership victory which could see them in the top half of the table, having been languishing in the relegation zone just over two months ago. The Magpies are unbeaten in six Premiership games against West Ham. They've won four and drawn two and are bidding to make it three wins in a row against the east Londoners. The Tyneside club are also aiming to 'double' the Hammers for the third time in the Premier League, and first since the 1994-95 season.

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