West Ham boss David Moyes has praised Newcastle as one of Europe’s finest teams ahead of our Premier League visit to the London Stadium on Sunday.
West Ham’s 2-1 victory over Freiburg in Germany not only solidified their position in their UEFA Europa League group, but also marked an unparalleled 17-game unbeaten streak for any English club in Europe.
This victory is especially notable given that the Hammers won their first major trophy in almost four decades earlier this year in Prague, when they won the UEFA Conference League.
Meanwhile, Newcastle supporters are obviously buzzing with excitement after the 4-1 triumph against PSG. A win which will go down in the annals of history as one of the club’s very best.
“One of the best teams in Europe at the moment”
Despite West Ham’s recent European coronation, Moyes showed no reservations in acknowledging Newcastle’s quality, particularly under the stewardship of Eddie Howe: “It (Newcastle’s 4-1 win over PSG) is a night in Europe which will be remembered for so long. We had a great night here a few years ago against Sevilla. And there are nights in the club’s history like that, and I think Newcastle had that against PSG.
When you start to get involved in Europe. The Premier League becomes a difficult cycle because of the extra games. I think it is very difficult to explain how tough that is.
I think Newcastle are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. There is so much quality in their side and the manager has done such a good job. He has steered them into a good organisation and shape and I think they are up with some of the best teams in Europe at the minute.”
We’re struggling to disagree with any of that from Moysey! What a job Eddie Howe is doing.
On Sunday, the stage is set for a spectacular showdown.
With the Hammers only one spot and one point ahead of Newcastle in the 2023/24 Premier League table, the game at the London Stadium promises to be a close one.
The Magpies are coming off four straight wins over Sheffield United, Manchester City, Burnley, and Paris Saint-Germain, while West Ham has three straight wins over Lincoln City, Sheffield United, and SC Freiburg.
We expect goals with both sides in good form and a wealth of skill on the pitch in both the home and away ranks. It’s easy to see why the bookies have 1-1 as the eventual score; it could absolutely go any way.