West Ham vs Newcastle team news: Downing and Kouyate return for the Hammers

Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew both make three changes

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Sam Allardyce has made three changes to the side that succumbed 2-1 to Everton last week.

Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan drop to the bench, while Winston Reid is suspended.

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They are replaced by Stewart Downing, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Matt Jarvis.

Alan Pardew has also opted to make a trio of alterations after Newcastle's 1-0 victory over QPR.

Rob Elliot comes in for Tim Krul, who picked up an ankle injury in training, while Cheick Tiote replaces Ryan Taylor, who is set to miss a month after limping out of his return to first team action last week.

Yoann Gouffran also earns a start, replacing Rémy Cabella.

West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Collins, Cresswell, Tomkins, Jarvis, Kouyate, Downing, Noble (c), Amalfitano, Carroll

Subs: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Nolan, Vaz Te, Zarate, Cole

Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara, Sissoko, Tiote (c), Colback, Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi

Subs: Alnwick, S.Taylor, Anita, Cabella, Armstrong, Cisse, Riviere