Struggling West Ham Host In-form Stoke City at the London Stadium
Last updated: November 3, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Last season:||West Ham 0 – 0 Stoke|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Amidst increasing off-the-pitch difficulties and a return to losing ways on the road against Everton in Premiership last week, West Ham prepare to return home and host a Stoke side who have managed to build up quite a head of steam. The Hammers will take the field at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon in search of their 3rd win at home, while Stoke will be looking to extend their five game undefeated streak.
After a brief spell where a couple of results seemed to be going their way, West Ham were beaten by two goals to nil away at Everton last weekend. Slaven Bilić’s side have only managed three wins so far in the league and are currently sitting in 17th position, only 3 points away from the relegation zone. One can only hope that the home team manage to put all the off-field controversies surrounding troubles at their new stadium to one side and focus on getting their season back on track, otherwise it may prove to be more disappointment for West Ham fans on Saturday afternoon.
Despite making a bad start to the campaign this year, Stoke have managed to turn their season around and revert to winning ways. Since travelling to Old Trafford and holding Mourinho’s side to a 1-1 draw, The Potters have gone on to beat Sunderland, Hull and Swansea both away and on the road. After building up a considerable amount of momentum Mark Hughes’ side are showing no signs of slowing down and will no doubt be looking to take advantage of a West Ham side that have been inconsistent to say the least.
Defender Winston Reid will not feature in the upcoming clash against Stoke. The New Zealand international picked up his 5th yellow card against Everton last weeekend and will therefore serve a 1-match ban.
West Ham’s injury worries continue as they are still waiting for a number of players to return to full fitness. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Gökhan Töre, Sam Byram and Arthur Masuaku are all still on the sick list.
Stoke will be without their influential midfielder Marko Arnautovic as they take on West Ham at the London Stadium. The Austrlain picked up his 5th yellow card of the season during their 3-1 win against Swansea on Monday night and is thus forced to miss this weekend’s fixture.
Geoff Cameron and Xherdan Shaqiri are looking likely to feature this weekend depsite suffering injury setbacks. Cameron looks as though he’s recovered from the knee injury that’s been keeping him out and Shaqiri’s hamstring is reported to be almost fully healed.
|West Ham (3-4-2-1):||Adrian, Kouyate, Collins, Ogbonna, Fernandes, Noble , Obiang, Cresswell, Lanzini, Payet, Antonio|
|Subs:||Randolph, Nordtveit , Feghouli, Zaza, Arbeloa, Ayew, Fletcher|
|Injured:||Masuaku, Carroll, Sakho. Byram, Töre|
|Stoke City (4-2-3-1):||Grant, Bardsley, Shawcross, Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Adam, Imbula, Allen, Walters, Bony|
|Subs:||Muniesa, Sobhi, Shaqiri, Given, Crouch, Krkic, Sobhi|
|Injured:||Ireland, Afellay, Johnson, Butland|
|Not available: –||—|
So far this season
|West Ham this season||Stoke this season|
|3 (2)||(at home) Wins (away)||3 (2)|
|1-0 vs Sunderland||Biggest win||3-1 vs Swansea|
|1 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (1)|
|3-0 vs. Southampton||Biggest Defeat||4-0 vs. Tottenham||Michail Antonio (5)||Top scorer||Joe Allen (4)|
|Dimitri Payet (4)||Assist Leader||Joe Allen (2)|
|Y26, R1||Discipline||Y22, R0|
|2||Failures to score||2|
|5||Both Teams to Score Games||6|
|5||Over 2.5 Games||4|
|5||Under 2.5 Games||6|
- West Ham are currently sitting just outside the relegation zone with 10 points and 3 wins so far this season. They managed a brief 2-game stint where reuslts were going their way, however they were undone last weekend against Everton at Goodison Park.
- Stoke have enjoyed a run of good form in the Premier League of late. They have won their last three games pretty convincly both home and away and drew the previous 2, meaning that they remain undefeated in their last 5 outings.
- West Ham have tasted victory a few times this season, however none of their wins have come in emphatic style. The Hammers have not yet managed to lay down a marker and assert their dominance over the opposition; each of their victories have only produced one goal.
- Stoke are level with West Ham insofar as they’ve only failed to score in two games so far this season. They have however managed to score more goals, with a grand total of 12 compared to West Ham’s 10.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|15/05/2016||Premier League||Stoke 2 – 1 West Ham||Antonio, Michail 23′|
|12/12/2015||Premier League||West Ham 0 – 0 Stoke||–|
|11/04/2015||Premier League||West Ham 1 – 1 Stoke||A.Cresswell 7′|
|01/11/2014||Premier League||Stoke 2 – 2 West Ham||V.Moses 33′|
|15/03/2014||Premier League||Stoke 3 – 1 West Ham||A.Carroll 5′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Stoke go into this match knowing that they haven’t lost to The Hammers in their last 6 meetings dating back to 2011. It must be said that all the pressure is with West Ham at the moment as they return home to their new stadium in the knowledge that they’ve only won twice there this season. The bookmakers currently have West Ham down as favourites; this is partly based on the fact that they haven’t lost to Stoke at home since 2011. However, when we consider West Ham’s lack of consistency and their troubles off the pitch, coupled with Stokes’ increasing momentum we think that The Potters have enough in the tank to travel down to East London and do a job. Good prices for an away win are currently showing at Betway where the offering is 14/5.