Stoke v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 14, 2017
Bet365 Stadium - Premier League
Stoke face West Ham in the Premier League this weekend, with the two sides experiencing very different runs of form. The Hammers are unbeaten in two and will feel confident at the Bet365 Stadium, as the home side has lost their last two.
Last season’s meetings between these two threw up two draws, the most recent a 0-0 draw in Stoke. The Potters actually have a solid record against West Ham and haven't lost to them since the 2012/13 season, with three wins and five draws leading up to Saturday’s match.
With Kurt Zouma’s injury yet to be fully assessed and Bruno Martins Indi still out injured, Mark Hughes will have no option other than to field Kevin Wimmer alongside Ryan Shawcross on Saturday. The Stoke manager has no further injury concerns, as his only other absentee is Stephen Ireland, who has yet to start a game this season.
David Moyes has no new injuries to deal with, as centre-backs Jose Fonte and Doneil Henry have both spent over a month on the sidelines, with Aaron Cresswell filling in at centre-back.
Stoke v West Ham Preview and Predictions
Stoke’s defeat at Burnley on Tuesday was a tough one for Mark Hughes to stomach. While the media praised the home side for breaking into the top four, Hughes’ team put in a valiant performance, and even hit the post before conceding a last minute goal.
The Potters' biggest loss from that match however perhaps wasn’t the point, but the injury suffered by Kurt Zouma who pulled a hamstring in the second half. The central defender has been a rare positive for Stoke so far this season, to the extent that Hughes claimed his side wouldn't have conceded if the Chelsea loanee hadn't been forced off the pitch.
West Ham meanwhile enjoyed slightly more luck in their midweek fixture, managing to keep Arsenal at bay despite numerous opportunities for the Gunners. This leaves the Hammers with a win, a draw and a narrow defeat to three of last seasons top five since hiring David Moyes. Marko Arnautovic, in particular, has been rejuvenated under the new manager, and is 9/1 to be the first goalscorer against Stoke.
Despite sitting four places lower than their weekend opponents in the league table, West Ham will go into Saturday’s fixture high on confidence despite being the underdogs at 13/5, and can overtake them with a win. Stoke are priced at 13/10, while the draw's 12/5.
Hernandez to score anytime at 2/1
The Mexico forward has just returned from injury and his pace could cause a problem for a Stoke defence lacking pace.
1-1 Draw at 6/1
Given the two sides history and form, this is a tempting price for a score draw. If you think the game will end 2-2, it's 16/1.