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Premier League

  • 19 November 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Boleyn Ground, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 35005

West Ham - Stoke Preview: High-flying Hammers look to maintain Premier League position

The home side sit in sixth after an impressive start to the season and face the Potters, who have struggled for goals this season, but are comfortably in 12th


West Ham
O’Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney
Benayoun, Nolan, Noble, Jarvis

  Stoke City
Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington
Walters, Crouch

The Hammers have some doubts over Yossi Benayoun, George McCartney and Matt Jarvis after all three were substituted with knocks against Newcastle, but they should be fit for this game.

Matthew Taylor’s recovery from a calf injury is ongoing, but this game might come slightly too early for the midfielder to make a return.

Otherwise, manager Sam Allardyce has no new concerns, with Jack Collison (knee), Alou Diarra (thigh) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) on the long-term injury list.

Meanwhile, the Potters should have midfielder Charlie Adam available after he pulled out of Scotland’s friendly with Luxembourg with a groin injury.

Another international withdrawal, Jonathan Walters, should also be fit for this game after he missed the Republic of Ireland’s game with Greece due to a knee injury, while Dean Whitehead will serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against QPR.

Michael Owen missed last week's clash with the Hoops with his return in doubt for this game but Marc Wilson (ankle) is definitely out.

  • West Ham have won three and lost just one of their six home games this season in the Premier League.
  • Midfielder Mark Noble has made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season, tallying 49 already.
  • West Ham have been victorious four times in the last five games between these two sides at Upton Park.
  • Stoke have won none of their last 15 away matches in the Premier League, scoring just eight goals in that time away from the Britannia Stadium.
  • Dean Whitehead (pictured) has picked up more cards than any other player in the Premier League this season, despite having played just eight games.
  • The Potters’ next win in the Premier League will be their 50th in the competition.

Players to watch

A. Carroll

Position: Attacker

Games: 10

  • 5
  • 1
  • 0
For the Hammers Andy Carroll will again be key as he continues to lead the line alone. The Liverpool loanee will be hoping to notch his first goal for his new club and make a big impact as they look to maintain their position in the top-half of the table.

R. Shawcross

Position: Defender

Games: 19

  • 1
  • 3
  • 0
Ryan Shawcross made his debut for England in their friendly against Sweden and will need to be on top form to deal with the home side’s attacking threat. Shawcross has been very effective alongside Robert Huth for Stoke and will be hopeful of keeping players like Mohamed Diame, Kevin Nolan and others quiet.

Editor's Prediction

This game promises to be a tight affair between two teams that have performed above expectations so far this season. The home side may still be hurting from their away defeat to Newcastle, and will be hopeful of a reaction in front of their own fans.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Ham United

Stoke City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City

Top 3 Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
2 - 1
Stoke City FC STO
West Ham United FC WHU
2 - 0
Stoke City FC STO
West Ham United FC WHU
1 - 2
Stoke City FC STO