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Premier League

  • 18 September 2010
  • • 12:45
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 27028

Premier League Preview: Stoke City - West Ham

Premier League Preview: Stoke City - West Ham

Fighting spirit

Stoke City fans will feel aggrieved their last gasp victory against Aston Villa isn’t the main talking point about this game, but the turmoil at West Ham United is too noticeable.

No points after four games, a chairman who admits he’s struggling with their debt and they go into the game manager-less because of religious reasons. The east London team are in a pickle and desperately need a win to get their season back on track.

Tony Pulis’ men have their tails up. A fantastic second half performance against Villa gave them their first Premier League points. They will be looking for more of the same.

Kenwyne Jones scored his first goal for the club on Monday night and Pulis’ new transfers all combined to give the Potters and attacking edge they sometimes have lacked.

Marc Wilson was solid and positive in central midfield and Jermaine Pennant offered a wide threat when he came on. He won the foul that led to Robert Huth’s winner.

Double trouble

Nothing has gone right for the Hammers this season. They have no points and are shipping goals. Scott Parker is again proving their most consistent player, but it is a hollow compliment for the midfielder.

They have to be resolute at the back after a number of defensive errors have cost them dear, but they urgently need to start scoring, with England man Carlton Cole in the spotlight with Zavon Hines injured and Alessandro Diamanti having left the club in the summer.

Team News

Stoke City

Stoke City have no major injury worries ahead of the game, with Mamady Sidibe their only long term absentee. Sorensen is likely to continue in goal and Tony Pulis may play an unchanged team.

Probable starting XI: Sorensen; Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins; Delap, Wilson, Whitehead, Etherington; Walters, Jones

West Ham

The most significant absence for West Ham is in their coaching staff. Avram Grant is observing Yom Kippur and will not be in the dugout to face off against Stoke.

Tal Ben-Haim will miss the match for the same reason and is likely to be replaced by Danny Gabbidon.

Zavon Hines and Jack Collison are prolonged absentees. Benni McCarthy was fined by the club recently for being overweight and he will miss consequently the game.

Probable starting XI: Green; Jacobsen, Upson, Gabbidon, Ilunga; Faubert, Parker, Noble, Boa Morte; Cole, Obinna

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Team News
Available Squads
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
5Danny CollinsDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
25Abdoulaye FayeDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
3Danny HigginbothamDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
7Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen Striker
10Ricardo FullerStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
2Lars JacobsenDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
22Manuel Da Costa TrindadeDefender
20Matthew UpsonDefender
11Valon BehramiMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
33Victor Nsofor ObinnaStriker
9Carlton ColeStriker
39Frédéric PiquionneStriker
34Marek StechGoalkeeper
5James TomkinsDefender
18Julien FaubertMidfielder
34Boa MorteMidfielder
17Pablo Edson BarreraStriker
-Radoslav KovacDefender
17Benni McCarthyStriker
Players to Watch
Matthew Etherington
Matthew Etherington
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Matthew Etherington had an excellent game aginst Villa – providing good service from the left, and it was his perfect cross under pressure that Kenwyne Jones was able to grab the equalising goal from. He will be looking to impress against his former team, who let him go to the Potters in 2009.

Carlton Cole
Carlton Cole
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
With no Premier League goals to his name, Carlton Cole needs to start firing for West Ham if they have any chance of staying up. He almost moved to Liverpool for £9 million on transfer deadline day, now he has to concentrate on keeping the Hammers in the top flight.

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