There is a big worry for David Moyes as Eddie Howe expects a devastating duo of Newcastle stars to be back for the West Ham clash.
West Ham and Newcastle meet on Sunday in a clash of the clubs so ludicrously robbed by two of the worst VAR decisions yet.
Moyes and West Ham should have come away from the clash at Chelsea with a point but instead lost 2-1 slipping to third bottom of the fledgling Premier League table.
Meanwhile Newcastle were denied a win against Palace after having also seen a goal inexplicably ruled out in a 0-0 draw.
West Ham have a Europa Conference League game against FCSB at the London Stadium on Thursday night.
And three days later Newcastle are the visitors to east London with West Ham desperate to get a win to lift the pressure that comes with being unexpectedly in and around the relegation zone.
It is far too soon to call West Ham’s clash with Newcastle a ‘must win’.
But that will be the expectation when the Magpies come to town.
Howe had key striker Callum Wilson, playmaker Allan Saint-Maximin and star man Bruno Guimaraes missing from the draw with Palace.
Wilson, who has a great scoring record against the Hammers, remains a longer term absence.
But there is a big worry for Moyes as Howe expects a devastating duo of Newcastle stars to be back for the West Ham clash.
“Hopefully, they’re not going to be far away,” Howe told The Shields Gazette when asked whether the trio would be back for West Ham.
“Maybe not all three together, but we hope to get a couple back soon.
“Hypothetical (to say Newcastle would have beaten Palace with those players in the side), but yeah, we’ve got a higher chance of winning the game, because they’re top-quality players.
“You take those three players out of any team, the team will suffer. That’s why they’re so important to us.”
West Ham have plenty of quality of their own for Newcastle to worry about of course.
And there have been encouraging signs in aspects of recent displays against Villa, Spurs and Chelsea.
Obviously West Ham would stand a higher chance of beating the Magpies without their star men.
But Moyes must get his players geared up and ready to try and get a much-needed win regardless of who is lining up in the black and white stripes come Sunday.