[11th-Apr-15] Match Preview: West Ham United – Stoke City

West Ham’s Enner Valencia is fit enough to play but Hammers defender James Collins is out for the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder. Stoke will be able to play Victor Moses, who could not play against parent club Chelsea last week but Marc Wilson is questionable as he will need a protective cast to play after breaking his hand. Jon Walters is also a game-time decision having picked up a minor-knee injury this week.


Stoke have not been beaten by West Ham in the last three matches between the sides and West Ham have been able to keep only 1 clean sheet against Stoke in the last 6 matches. Stoke come into the contest on a 3 game losing streak and having lost 7 of their 13 games against top half opposition. Stoke City boss Mark Hughes seems to have the better of his counterpart however, boasting a 6-3-1 record in his last 10 games against Sam Allardyce.

West Ham’s form is nothing short of troubling, sitting at 1-0-4 in their last 5 games, 1-3-5 in their last 8. They also struggle to keep top half opposition off the scoring sheet, earning only 1 clean sheet against the current top 10. West Ham have also yet to score a penalty this season despite being awarded one on the opening day of the season against Spurs. West Ham have yet to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes of any match at home this season, with only Arsenal able to match that record. The Hammers also boast the most headed goals in the league this season having scored 15 of them.

Prediction: I really want West Ham to finish strongly but their poor run of form has gone on for way too long. Stoke are a tough side as well and are well managed by arguably the most under-rated Premier League manager at the time being in Mark Hughes.

West Ham 0-1 Stoke City

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