Premier League final day: Carver can confirm safety by beating Hammers
Newcastle United can secure their Premier League survival this season with a draw against top 10 hopefuls West Ham United at St James’ Park, with their relegation rivals Hull City set to contest Manchester United on home soil.
On Tyneside, during the final day of the top-flight campaign, John Carver’s Magpies will need at least a point to retain their status as a top tier club (12/5 with Coral to win to nil), and in doing so, the Tigers would drop down divisions even if they manage to topple United.
Holding a superior goal difference to Steve Bruce’s men, John Carver will guide his Toon outfit into their crucial final match only needing a draw over the Hammers (11/4), and the under-fire coach has recently rallied his under-performing players.
“I said straight out ‘if anybody doesn’t fancy it, if anybody wants to back-bite, if anybody wants to be negative, there’s the door’,” stated Carver.
“I don’t think bringing in them just to tear a strip off them would have achieved anything. That’s definite. I did that after the Leicester game, and you can’t really say that it worked. You have to try to find different ways of dealing with different situations.”
Carver, who has previously declared himself as the ‘best coach in the Premier League’, has only managed to win two games in charge out of 18 attempts.
This will give former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce even more optimism about gaining three points with the Hammers on their visit to Tyneside, with a substantial victory over his past club potentially earning his current side a top 10 finish and succumbing Newcastle to a daunting drop.
West Ham are 10/3 to come away from the North-east with all three points, with the Hammers needing to better Everton’s result in their fixture with Tottenham in order to finish ahead of the Toffees in 10th place.
In the reverse fixture at Upton Park, Aaron Cresswell’s sublime free-kick gifted the Hammers with all three points, and the talented set-piece specialist is 8/1 to net anytime again in his latest appearance.
Former Newcastle frontman Andy Carroll is not fit to face his previous employers, while Diafra Sakho is also injured, meaning Carlton Cole may have to deputise in attack for the visitors. The towering forward struck against the Toon last season in a 3-1 defeat and is 9/1 to open proceedings this time out.
For the hosts, Ayoze Perez has been their key threat going forward, having slotted home twice in his last four outings and the in-form Spaniard is 7/1 to score last on home soil, after doing so in the vital draw with West Bromwich Albion recently.
Betting tip: Newcastle to win to nil @ 12/5