West Ham United host Stoke City tonight in their Barclays Premier League encounter. The Hammers are in outstanding form as they sit 7th in the league, The Potters, however, sit seven places behind as they have only managed a mere 12 points from 11 games.
The last time this fixture was played, Stoke were made to rue the cancellation of Demba Ba’s transfer, as he scored the crucial goals in a 3-0 demolition for the Hammers.
West Ham manager, Sam Alladyce may look to bring James Collins back to his starting line-up as the welsh defender sat out for James Tomkins, when the Hammers travelled up north for a Newcastle visit. Left Midfielder Matthew Taylor may also return after he recovered from his calf injury last week, however, the Hammers are still rocked by Ricardo Vaz Te and Jack Collison who both sit out until the new year.
Glen Whelan’s fitness is currently being monitored for the Potters after he suffered a hamstring injury whilst serving for the Republic Of Ireland in their match against Greece.
Further Misery lies ahead for the Potters as they are without Dean Whitehead who is suspended and Jon Walters, along with loanee, Charlie Adam are both doubts.
A goal packed game is unlikely to arise in this encounter as two of the best defensive teams in the league go head to head.
Both teams are also slated for their styles of play, as they play ‘hoof ball’, and neutral football fans will not be happy to see this match screened live on Sky Sports.
Stoke City have been in poor scoring form as they’ve hit the back of the net, only nine times in 11 games this season. West Ham, however have scored fourteen times in their 11 games.
If a West Ham win is seen tonight then the Hammers will climb up to 5th which is extraordinary for a team who only got promoted last season. If a Stoke win is on the cards, however, the Potters could climb to 11th, even above Liverpool.
Sam Alladyce is currently ecstatic with his sides performance in the league this season, and he will be hoping for another 3 points as the mighty West Ham go marching on again, after a dream start to a relegation tipped season.