Two Uniteds with wildly differing fortunes this season will butt heads on Wednesday as West Ham host Newcastle.

The Hammers picked up a much-needed victory over Southampton to climb out of the relegation zone, but the landscape in the league’s battle to avoid the drop means just one bad set of results could send David Moyes’ side tumbling all the way back down.

Coming to the London Stadium is a Newcastle side bursting with confidence after a dominant 2-0 win over another United, this time from Manchester, to leap up to third in the Premier League table.

Here’s all you need to know about this one.

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West Ham team news

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is back from injury and will make his second consecutive start here, leaving only Gianluca Scamacca in the treatment room for the Hammers.

Michail Antonio could return to the starting lineup in place of Danny Ings, who was substituted just over an hour into his reunion with Southampton on Sunday.

West Ham predicted lineup (4-3-3): Fabianski; Kehrer, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Soucek, Rice, Paqueta; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma

Newcastle team news

Joelinton returned from suspension against Manchester United on Sunday, but he may find it difficult to win his place in the starting lineup because of how impressive Newcastle were.

On the injury front, Newcastle remain without Miguel Almiron and Emil Krafth, while Callum Wilson may have to settle for a place on the bench again despite glancing home the Toon’s second goal against Man Utd.

Newcastle predicted lineup (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Willock; Murphy, Isak, Saint-Maximin

West Ham might have a bit of confidence about them after climbing out of the relegation zone but they can expect to come crashing back down to earth against an impressive Newcastle.

Eddie Howe’s Magpies are too tough defensively for a West Ham side still struggling to find their attacking identity with Danny Ings – a header from a set-piece against the division’s bottom side is hardly the sign of potency.

It won’t be a whitewash as West Ham have been decent defensively at home recently, but expect the quality of the away side to show through.

Prediction: West Ham 0-2 Newcastle


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