Salomon Rondon says Newcastle United’s hopes of avoiding relegation this season will hinge largely on how many points they manage to pick up at St James’ Park.
After failing to pick up a win from their first 10 matches of the Premier League campaign, Newcastle have racked up three consecutive victories against Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley.
The wins over the Hornets and the Cherries both came on home soil whilst the 2-1 success against the Clarets last time out was the north-east outfit’s first away success April.
Rafael Benitez’s men have climbed to 13th position ahead of the weekend’s fixtures and the team will be hoping to make it four wins on the spin when they entertain West Ham United on Saturday.
The Magpies are the narrow 2.50 favourites to pick up all three points, a draw is priced at 3.20 whilst the Hammers, who are winless from their last two outings, are a 3.00 chance to triumph.
Venezuela international Rondon, who joined Newcastle on a season-long loan from West Brom in the summer, believes the results at St James’ Park this season will define the club’s top-flight status.
“I always say when we play at home we have to get the three points,” he told reporters.
“We did it the last two games at home and the last game against Burnley was massive for us.
“The confidence is high. We have to win the next game at home against West Ham. It’s important for us to keep doing the same things. The most important thing for me and the team is to get the three points at home. It’s the only way we will stay up.”