Premier League: Stoke vs West Ham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

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After consecutive defeats to Southampton in both the league and the Capital One Cup, Mark Hughes will want his Stoke City team to respond in the best possible way.

Despite being knocked out, Stoke can take away the positives of scoring twice against a team who currently have the best defensive record in the Premier League.

West Ham go into this fixture off the back of three straight wins, the latest of which coming against the current Premier League champions, Manchester City.

There’s a completely different atmosphere surrounding the Hammers compared to the one just six months ago, which saw many fans wanting to see the back of Sam Allardyce. This is no doubt down to the hard work they did in the summer transfer window. Particularly the signings of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

On Saturday Sakho equalled the record set by Mick Quinn in 1992/93 by scoring in each of his first six starts, he now has a chance to break it and stand alone when he faces Stoke.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Stoke 3 (Crouch, Arnautovic, Odemwingie) West Ham 1 (Carroll), Premier League, March 2014

West Ham 0 Stoke 1 (Pennant), Premier League, August 2013

Stoke 0 West Ham 1 (Collison), Premier League, March 2013

STATS…

The pair have met a total of 86 times, Stoke have won 32, West Ham winning 34 and the remaining 20 drawn.

At this stage last season West Ham had lost four league games, won two and drawn three, leaving them 15 in the league.               

Stoke have yet to record back to back wins in the Premier League, last season they did it in their second and third games.

ODDS…

Stoke to win: 2.2

West Ham to win: 3.3

Draw: 3.3

 

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

In 2010, West Ham beat Stoke 3-1 (aet) putting them through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup, where they went on to beat Manchester United 4-0. The Hammers lost out to eventual winners Birmingham City in a thrilling second leg semi-final which again went to extra time.

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.

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