By Michael Brown

12th Sep, 2020 | 10:22am

Exclusive: Top pundit makes dressing room claim ahead of West Ham v Newcastle

Michael Brown has tipped West Ham to kick their new Premier League season off with a draw against Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests both sides will be looking forward to what he believes will be a closely-fought contest at the London Stadium.

The Hammers lost 3-2 at home to the Magpies last season while their most recent meeting back in July saw the points shared in a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park.

Brown believes that both sides will see Saturday’s clash as a potentially winnable game and admits he is excited to see who Newcastle boss Steve Bruce starts after making some new signings.

Brown told Football Insider: “I think it’s a good game for West Ham to go and set a tone, we’ve seen them get some results later on last season so they’ll be looking forward to that game.

“It’s a Newcastle side who have got new signings, there’ll be some excitement in that dressing room and in and around the football club when you get some new faces, especially when you’re talking players who have played regular games in the Premier League.

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“I’m looking forward to seeing what type of team Steve Bruce puts out. I’m going to go safe, we’ll go with a draw for opening day.”

Bruce has brought in Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick and Mark Gillespie through the door this summer.

Meanwhile Moyes has seen Tomas Soucek’s loan move turned permanent after he joined the club in January.

In other West Ham news, Brown believes the Irons may have made a major blunder in the transfer window.