Mark Hughes’ men travel to the London Stadium for the first time as Stoke look to continue an impressive five game unbeaten run in the midst of their best run in four years.
West Ham United Vs Stoke City:
Date: Saturday 5th November 2016
Time: 15:00 GMT
Venue: The London Stadium, Stratford
Competition: Premier League
Referee: Mr Andre Marriner
Last time they met: Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United
Latest betting odds (bet365):
West Ham United: 1/1
Our prediction: Stoke to win, and BTTS: 11/2
Long-shot: Wilfried Bony to continue his goal-scoring run, and The Potters to win 3-1 – 45/1
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West Ham United:
Slave Bilic’s men host Stoke tomorrow desperate for three points after a poor start to life at the London Stadium.
West Ham currently sit two points, and five places below Stoke, and should they fail to beat The Potters tomorrow, they will then face back to back away fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, whilst hosting Arsenal before they travel to Liverpool, so you’d have thought nothing more than three points will be on the agenda tomorrow.
Andre Ayew is set to start up front for West Ham, having recovered from a thigh injury.
Winston Reid is suspended for The Hammers, so it’s expected that James Collins will replace him.
Having picked up of late, West Ham went down without a whimper last weekend at Goodison, but tomorrow will be no easy game for Bilic’s side, as they face a resurgent Stoke City side.
What the manager has said:
SB: “We are not scoring many goals and we are creating chances. But I would rather have us creating chances and waiting for a moment that we’re going to convert them, than not to create them all.
“We were disappointed with the defeat at Everton last week but we are playing good recently really and we on a good path. We’re going to score goals.”
West Ham Predicted XI:
Adrian; Kouyate, Collins, Ogbonna; Antonio, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell; Lanzini, Payet, Ayew.
Match Facts [BBC Sport]:
- Stoke have gone six league meetings without defeat in this fixture (W3, D3) and could equal their longest unbeaten Premier League run against a single opponent – a seven-match streak versus Blackburn.
- West Ham’s only Premier League home win in the last six attempts against Stoke came in March 2011 (D3, L2).
West Ham United
- Defeat at Everton last Sunday ended a three-match unbeaten run for West Ham.
- The Hammers are 10 points and 13 places worse off than at the same stage of last season.
- However, their home record of two wins and seven points from five games is an identical start to 2015-16.
- Dimitri Payet has created 33 goalscoring chances, more than any other player in the Premier League this season.
- Stoke have won three successive Premier League games – as many as they had won in their previous 18 attempts.
- They could win four league games in a row for the first time since December 2011, while manager Mark Hughes last achieved the feat in September 2009 while in charge of Manchester City.
- Stoke have the chance to go six league games without defeat for the first time in four years, when they enjoyed a 10-match unbeaten run.
- The Potters have scored two goals or more in three straight league games for the first time since November 2010. They have never scored multiple times in four consecutive Premier League fixtures.
- Joe Allen has been involved in half of Stoke City’s 12 Premier League goals this season. The midfielder’s tally of four goals and two assists is his joint-best haul in a top-flight campaign, along with 2011-12.
- Wilfried Bony ended a 20-match goalscoring drought in all competitions for Manchester City and Stoke with his brace against Swansea on Monday night. He has not scored in consecutive Premier League appearances since December 2014.
Mark Hughes will be heading to Stratford tomorrow afternoon in the company of 2,900 Potters fans looking for their fourth consecutive win of the season in the midst of their best run in his four years.
He will also be hoping that Wilfried Bony can push on from his brace against his former side Swansea on Monday night.
The Ivorian had gone over 24 games without a goal prior, however it’s expected that he will rediscover his touch in front of goal for Stoke.
Xherdan Shaqiri has been deemed 50/50 for the trip, however, I think Hughes will gamble with the Swiss international with the upcoming international break, and perhaps use that as a recovery period for Shaqiri, should he need to.
Ramadan Sobhi could also make his Premier League debut tomorrow, after the Egyptian tormented Swansea right-back Angel Rangel, and set up the second goal on the night.
Sobhi looked a complete class act on the night, and should Hughes opt to put him in from the start, it would signal a real sign of intent from the Welshman.
Geoff Cameron is expected to miss the game through injury, and Stoke will be without Marko Arnautovic, who picked up his fifth booking of the season on Monday night.
What the manager has said:
MH: “There were a lot of factors to it – we had a few injuries, a fixture list that was quite demanding as well, and we hadn’t got up to the levels we wanted at the beginning.
“I think people are a little bit quick to start passing judgements on people, on teams, on clubs in terms of how successful or not they are going to be in the season. After 10 games I think it is more valid.”
Stoke City Predicted XI:
Grant; Bardsley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Whelan, Adam; Shaqiri, Allen, Sobhi; Bony