West Ham United vs Stoke City 12/12/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds and Predictions
Stoke City vs West Ham United
Saturday 12th December 2015 10:00(ET)
The Line: West Ham 8/5 Draw 23/10 Stoke City 19/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Premier League Extra Time; Direct Tv; NBC Sports
One of the games that stands out to me in terms of value is the visit of Stoke City to West Ham United. Stoke City are one of the form teams in the Premier League eight now with Mark Hughes men playign some really attractive football. Last weekend at the Britannia Stoke played Manchester City off the park dominating the game, creating and taking their chances and getting a well deserved win. With Bojan, Arnautovic , Afellay and Shaqiri there is some really outstanding attacking talent in this Stoke team and while it's always difficult to take away teams in such a competitive league Stoke look to me to be one of the bets of the weekend.
West Ham have been decimated by injury of late with Sakho, Payet, Lazzini and Moses all struck out and ruled out of the game on Saturday. West Ham played well at Old Trafford last week but were lucky to come away with a point. Slaven Bilic has his team working extremely hard and they are tough to break down. Andy Carroll is back leading the line but he is struggling to get chances as the more creative West Ham players are sidelined. Upton Park is a tough place to go and WEst Ham are unbeaten in their last five home games but I think Saturday is going to be a huge test for the hammers.
I'm taking Stoke here, the price is too big. This is a good Stoke team, Mark Hughes is doing a terrific job and possibly putting himself in the frame for the Manchester United job if Van Gaal was to walk at the end of next season. Hughes side play attractive football and are never found wanting with regards to work ethic. One of the plays of the weekend in my opinion given the odds.