Champions League chasing West Ham host in-form Newcastle in today’s Premier League opener and the intriguing game will be live on talkSPORT.
The Irons are having a superb season and find themselves in fifth position in the table, just two points behind Manchester United in the final top four.
After picking up a point against Leicester in their last game, the Hammers will be eager to secure three valuable points at home.
For Eddie Howe’s side, the last few weeks have seen a real resurgence.
Three straight wins have seen the Magpies climb out of the relegation zone and they will be keen to push further with another strong result.
West Ham v Newcastle: Date and time
The Premier League clash is due to take place on Saturday February 19 at the London Stadium.
Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
West Ham beat Newcastle in a 4-2 thriller at St James’ Park in August.
West Ham v Newcastle: talkSPORT coverage
The competition will be exclusively live on talkSPORT.
Coverage will begin at 11 a.m. with Hugh Woozencroft on presenting duty.
Comments will come from Ian Danter and former West Ham and England striker Dean Ashton.
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West Ham v Newcastle: Team News
West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio.
submarines: Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Areola, Noble, Diop, Johnson, Kral, Alese, Chesters.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Willock, Shelvey, Joelinton, Fraser, Wood, Murphy.
submarines: Dummett, Lascelles, Fernandez, Almiron, Darlow, Gayle, Longstaff,
Bruno Guimaraes, De Bolle.
West Ham v Newcastle: what has been said?
Newcastle full-back Trippier has undergone surgery to repair his fractured metatarsal and now faces a fight to be fit before the end of the season.
Head Coach Howe said: “He had surgery yesterday and it went well, so that was good news. I don’t know for the moment how long he will be absent.
“We hope to bring him back before the end of the season, but obviously it’s a serious injury, which is a blow for us because he was performing so well.”
Pressed on how much time he will miss, Howe added: “We hope to see him before the end of the season, but in terms of definitive time, no. We’ll have to see how his first rehabilitation goes.
“As I said, the operation was a success, but now is the opportunity for someone else to take his place.
“But unfortunately we will miss his leadership on the pitch and all that he has given us. He has scored two goals in the last two games which have been defining moments for us, but we are confident that we have enough quality in the team to cover.
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