Moyes looking to get one over Eddie Howe
Next Sunday at The London Stadium West Ham take on Newcastle United in what promises to be an intriguing Premier League clash. The match carries significant implications for the remainder of the season, as both teams attempt to balance domestic competition with European commitments.
Toon gaffer Eddie Howe, faces a considerable challenge in maintaining a balance between Champions League qualification and league performance. Last season, Newcastle thrashed us with a commanding 5 goal victory, but the question remains whether their European ambitions will divert their attention (and resources) from the domestic stage.
In contrast, The Hammers have demonstrated their ability to juggle the demands of European and Premier League football. Moyes’s Euro management has been evident over the last three years, enabling the team to perform consistently.
However, injuries have cast a shadow over Newcastle’s preparations, particularly with key players such as Joelinton, Callum Wilson, Sven Botman, Harvey Barnes, and Joe Willock sidelined. This has left Eddie Howe with limited options, making the lineup for their Champions League clash against PSG more predictable.
Despite the challenging circumstances, Newcastle’s starting lineup seems to take shape with Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, and Dan Burn forming the defensive core. The absence of crucial players underscores the significance of their upcoming fixture against PSG and the need to navigate the challenges posed by both European and Premier League competitions.
Moyes, on the other hand, it’s not restricted by the same injuries. The Irons gaffer rotated heavily for both the League Cup and Europa League. If the Premier League clash against the Geordies comes down to fitness and fatigue, West Ham have the advantage.