1-1 Draw, This game brings together two teams that are struggling at the moment. It’s been a big struggle for Sam Allardyce and his team over the last three months in which they’ve won just 2 games in all. It’s a question whether Sam will be at West Ham next season but with 7 games still remaining in this campaign and he would want to finish strongly.
Potters have gone from winning 3 in a row to losing 3 in a row and find themselves sitting at the middle of the pack. It’s been another solid season for the Potters who are gradually progressing under Mark Hughes. The future looks bright for the them and they’ll look to snap back from their current losing run.
- This is one of the more difficult games this week to predict. Both teams have been on a slump of late and need a win to get their morale back up.
- The odds of a Hammers win is at 2.20, for a Potters win is at 3.30 and for a draw is at 3.25.
- The Over 2.5 is at 2.05 while the Under 2.5 is at 1.75
- Both teams to score is at 1.80 and that is our best bet suggestion for this game.
The Hammers come into this game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Premier League strugglers Leicester City last week. West Ham have lost 4 of their last 5 league games and have won just 2 since Christmas.
Three months back people were backing West Ham to challenge for one of the European spots till the end of the season but things have gone horribly wrong since then and Hammers now find themselves looking at another mid-table finish.
The woes for Big Sam are increasing day by day and question remains whether he’ll there at West Ham at the start of the next season.
West Ham haven’t been as a bad as the stats suggest it’s luck that’s not favoring them at the moment and have been losing out on points by the narrowest of margins as evident in their games against Manchester United (92nd minute equalizer from United )and Tottenham (lost two points with a 96th minute Harry Kane penalty)
The Hammers duo of Andy Carroll and James Tomkins remain side-lined but they’ll be boosted by the return of Enner Valencia for this game.
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Stoke come into this game on the back of a 2-1 defeat as Charlie Adam’s wonder goal went in vain against league leaders Chelsea. It was their third consecutive defeat in the league after going on a three game winning run.
Goals have been drying up for Stoke who have netted just 9 goals in their last 8 games in all competitions. The Potters however still remain on course for their highest ever Premier league points tally and highest ever finish in the league (50 points and 9th place finish – 2013/14).
This will be the 78th meeting between these two teams with the West Ham slightly ahead in the head to heads stats with 31 wins compared to Stoke’s 28.
Victor Moses is available again for the Potters after sitting out the game against his parent club Chelsea last week. Marc Muniesa is also set to return for the Potters after recovering from a hip-injury that has kept him out since February.
The last time these to teams met this season the game ended in a 2-2 draw with Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf putting Stoke 2-0 ahead but the Hammers fought back and drew the game with goals from Enner Valencia and Stewart Downing.
Where they are in the table
9th – West Ham – 31 games – 42 points – (+ 2 GD)
10th – Stoke City – 31 games – 42 points – (- 4 GD)
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