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Soccer Picks and Parlays: New Castle United vs West Ham United
Training for the upcoming English Premier League season never stops. For New Castle and West Ham United their next offseason match will come in the 3rd place game of the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy. The tournament was founded in 2003, but New Castle and West Ham United have never taken home the first place trophy. New Castle came close as the runner up in 2003 and West Ham won 3rd place in 2009. So, which side will come out victorious and bring home some hardware in 2019?
West Ham and New Castle are both a part of England's top division and have played against each other twice in the last year. In both meetings, West Ham came out on top with a 2-0 win in March of 2019 and 3-0 win in December of 2018. Much has changed since the end of the Premier League season, because New Castle United was purchased by Dubai based Billionaire, Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan. With new ownership, New Castle has been in talks to sign big name players, like Hoffenheim Striker Joelinton, for record breaking fees. These rumors could create some stress within the locker room. Players may fear that their starting positions are at risk or that they are not valued at the club. This stress could either serve as a distraction or sense of motivation in their matchup with West Ham.
West Ham United finished the Premier League season 10th in the table. West Ham was lead by Striker Marco Arnautovic's 10 goals and Mark Noble's 5 assists. On the other side of the pitch, New Castle finished 7 points below West Ham in 13th place. New Castle was lead by Striker, Ayoze Perez Gutierrez's, 12 goals and Matt Richie's 8 assists. Also of note, Salomon Rondon scored 11 goals and notched 7 assists.
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