Newcastle United are in trouble. They’ve lost eight of the last nine and haven’t won in over three months. While takeover talks rumble on, serving as an unwelcome distraction, Rafa Benitez may fear the spotlight turns to him if results do not improve soon.
The rebuilding project will have to start with their visit to West Ham United this weekend, and if Benitez needs any inspiration of how to transform a struggling side, then he’d do worse than using the East London club as an example.
The Hammers have taken seven points from the last nine available, putting in impressive displays against Arsenal and Chelsea along the way.
Our unique algorithm has predicted the Newcastle side it believes will start the game.
Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.
And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game.You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.
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