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Stuart Dalgleish 22nd Oct 2010 - 19:38

Another goal-fest at Upton Park?

Saturday's tea-time offering from the Premier League sees two strugglers go into battle, with West Ham United (13/10) taking on Newcastle United (21/10, the draw is 9/4).

So far this season, Newcastle's game with Aston Villa aside, both teams have struggled to score goals but when they play each other it's almost guaranteed to be a humdinger.

Incredibly, the last five fixtures between these two, at Upton Park and St James', have all had exactly four goals in and our Match Winner Offer is giving you a sensational price of 8/1 on that happening for the sixth straight game.

Three of the matches have finished 2-2 (14/1) and the teams have had a 3-1 (18/1 West Ham, 25/1 Newcastle) win each at their own ground.

The Hammers have also scored at least two goals in five of their last six home games with Newcastle; they are 5/2 to strike twice on Saturday evening.

I think it looks good for their scoring record over Newcastle to continue, while they might not have started the season well they've only failed to score in one game since the opening day of the season, and that was at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

They are four games unbeaten and could get out of the bottom three for the first time this campaign if they get the right results elsewhere as well as winning themselves.

The hosts are also boosted by the return of England centre-half Matthew Upson, and Kieron Dyer (11/1 first goal) looks like he's slowly but surely getting match fit, he's had terrible luck with injuries over the last few years but has been involved in five of West Ham's eight league games so far.

Newcastle also have received good news on the injury front with captain Kevin Nolan (15/2) returning after his ankle injury, the former Bolton man has been bunking up with Andrew Carroll (6/1) this week, the pair are 8/1 to both score at anytime of the match in our anytime goalscorers doubled market.

While the returning Nolan will have delighted Chris Hughton, the off-field activity around Newcastle certainly won't.

Assistant manager Colin Calderwood has left to take up the hot-seat at Hibs and his striker Carroll has been in court on assault charges.

Hughton claims that the number 9 will be in the right frame of mind to play football, but this case has clearly been affecting him as he hasn't notched since the end of August.

Newcastle have also only won once since they thumped Villa for six, they do score though and both teams to score at 7/10 should get you returns, and should the teams keep up this run of four-goal games with each other then over 3.5 goals in the match looks a fantastic price at 12/5, even over 2.5 at 10/11 has to appeal.

The other bet that stands out is Frederic Piquionne (11/2 for the opener) to score at anytime and West Ham to win at odds of 5/2.

The French forward has three in his last four (with two of those first goals) and clearly enjoys working with Avram Grant, who got the best out of him at Portsmouth last season.

 

 
 
 

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