Newcastle and West Ham stars in self-deprecating clash ahead of London Stadium meeting

Callum Wilson and Michail Antonio bantered ahead of Wednesday’s fixture but admitted both were struggling for form of late.

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Newcastle United star Callum Wilson clashed with West Ham United forward Michail Antonio ahead of the two clubs meeting at the London Stadium tonight.

Wilson and Antonio both present the BBC Sounds' Footballer's Football Podcast and recorded an episode ahead of meeting in the capital on Wednesday evening.

Eddie Howe's side are looking for their fourth Premier League win on the bounce as a charge for the Champions League gathers pace while David Moyes and his men are buoyed by last weekend's triumph over fellow relegation candidates Southampton.

The two strikers bantered about the game during the podcast and laughed at their own recent lack of fortune in spending more time warming the bench than impressing on the field.

Speaking about West Ham's leapfrog up the table after Saturday's win, Antonio admitted he avoids looking at the Premier League table to keep focused on the task at hand.

Wilson replied: "I'll let you know that the last few weeks you've been in the bottom three and you're so lucky to get out there and when we beat you on Wednesday you're going to be back in the bottom three. After the game, I'll let you know your league position."

Antonio responded: "No problem, mate, I'm ready for you. You've won a game, we've won a game. I'm not letting you score. I'm going to kick you."

The Newcastle man, who hasn't started any of the last three fixtures, admitted that Antonio would struggle to follow through on his promise.

Michail Antonio and Callum Wilson (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Michail Antonio and Callum Wilson (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Michail Antonio and Callum Wilson (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Wilson said: "I've got to get on the pitch first! You'll kick me when I'm warming up... we'll warm up together! Discuss the pod on the sidelines. How the mighty have fallen, talking about warming up together. This is crazy."

Despite not starting against Manchester United on Sunday, Wilson did find himself on the scoresheet with a late header ensuring the three points stayed in the North East.

Meanwhile, Antonio hasn't started a Premier League game for The Hammers since facing Manchester City in February.

Previewing Wednesday night's fixture, Wilson said: "It's going to be a tough game because they won their last game at home which gives them momentum. Ideally, you wanted them to draw or lose so the crowd is on their back.

"They're going to have a bit of confidence and momentum, it's about us playing the way we have been over the last few weeks. We've got three wins on the spin and two games in London in West Ham and Brentford both away."