West Ham United vs Stoke City 04/11/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Stoke City vs West Ham United
Saturday 11th April 2015 15:00(GMT)
The Line: West Ham 13/10 Draw 12/5 Stoke City 12/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC Sports Live Extra, Directv, Premier League Extra Time
A well matched West Ham United and Stoke City will take the field at Upton Park with both teams sitting on fourty two points and both come into this game with three losses and a win in their last four outings. Very little to pick between these two, Sam allardyce's West Ham are the home team and therefore slight favourites for the game but to be honest I am not sure they deserve it as their opponents were impressive last week against Chelsea and I think Mark Hughes side will fancy their chances on Saturday against West Ham. West Ham will look to the impressive Sakho upfront with Song, Downing, Nolan and Noble providing the inspiration in midfield. West Ham have struggled defensively of late though and have lost two of their last three home games including a 3-1 hammering at the hands of Crystal Palace.
Stoke were excellent last week and very unlucky to come away from Chelsea with nothing to show for their efforts. Diouf and Walters put in a terrific shift up front and Ireland and Adam created lots of problems for Chelsea's star studdec midfield last weekend. Mark Hughes will in my opinion bring back in Peter Crouch as he is the right horse for this course if you pardon the analargy. Stoke will play a high pressure game and press West Ham when not in possession the Potters have been extremely effective this season away from home in comparison to previous years and have notable wins at Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton. I think Stoke can get another notable win here on Saturday.
I am taking Stoke outright here for a couple of reasons. I think that Stoke match up really well against West Ham and I think that this game should be more of a coin flip but the bookmakers have Stoke at 12/5 and that is where the value is. I'm taking Stoke on the handicap big and spreading a little on the moneyline for good measure.