West Ham v Newcastle

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West Ham will be looking for more consistency this season when they welcome Newcastle to Upton Park on Monday evening.

The signs looked ominous for the Hammers after their Europa League third-round qualifying loss to Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu at the beginning of the season, but they bounced back in style to thump Arsenal 2-0 in their Premier League opener.

However, the London outfit's Jekyll and Hyde persona once again manifested itself as defeats against Leicester City and newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth were followed up by a 3-0 hammering of Liverpool prior to the international break.

That topsy-turvy form has left West Ham 10th in the standings and in dire need of a more balanced approach if they are to achieve this season's goal of a top-half finish.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are yet to find first gear in the league this term, having taken just two points from their opening four matches, although they did manage to get a win on the board after seeing off Northampton Town 4-1 in the Capital One Cup.

However, the 1-0 loss to Arsenal prior to the international break hinted at another troubled campaign for the Magpies, who avoided relegation by just four points last term.

On the team news front, striker Andy Carroll makes a long-awaited return to contention for West Ham following a serious knee injury, but midfielder Alex Song misses out with an ankle problem.

Joey O'Brien is nursing a calf muscle strain, while Enner Valencia is only expected to make a return in November as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

The Magpies will have to make do without the services of suspended striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, while defender Paul Dummett remains on the treatment table with a hamstring injury.

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