Newcastle United vs. West Ham United: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview
Newcastle United host West Ham United at St. James' Park looking to bounce back from the 4-0 opening Matchday loss to Manchester City. West Ham beat Cardiff City 2-0 with goals from Joe Cole and former Toon Kevin Nolan.
Location: St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. EDT (3 p.m. BST)
TV Info: NBC Sports, Sky Sports
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Odds, via StatsInsights.com: Newcastle win 39.93 percent, West Ham win 33.84 percent, Draw: 26.23 percent
Papiss Cisse, who spent the preseason bickering with the club over shirt sponsor Wonga, had a game to forget against City, losing possession seven times and failing to register a single shot on target.
The Toon couldn't stop City from controlling midfield proceedings with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho completing 92.5 percent of their combined 187 passes.
Mark Noble, who pulls the strings for West Ham, completed 77 percent of his 47 passes, three of which led to goalscoring chances, against Cardiff.
Nolan, playing as a deep-lying forward in attack and dropping back into midfield without possession, is the team's talisman.
Mohamed Diame with his pace, lung-bursting runs and all-round midfield play is the player Newcastle need to contain.
One of the reasons why City exposed Newcastle was Toon right-back Mathieu Debuchy imitating Jose Bosingwa which was exacerbated by Steven Taylor's red card.
Who will win?
Debuchy is prone to these sorts of games where instead of bouncing back from a tough start, he shrugs his shoulders.
Newcastle management have witnessed this before when he virtually gave up in a 6-0 loss to Liverpool.
Lille supporters will point to Debuchy's defensive lapses in a 6-1 defeat to Bayern Munich or when Nicolas Maurice-Belay looked like superman against Debuchy in Bordeaux's 5-4 win.
Should he continue to struggle, it presents a perfect opportunity for West Ham's left-sided Matthew Jarvis or Stewart Downing, should the ex-Liverpool player win the starting role in training.
Projected Starting XIs, via WhoScored.com:
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