If the game between West Ham and Stoke was played 3 weeks ago, we would have said we’re seeing a relegation battle. Thankfully for them, the two teams remembered they have quality squads and picked up a few wins since then.
Needless to say, West Ham is more used to fighting for top 6 rather than squabbling around the middle of the table. Will they manage to turn home ground advantage into a win over Stoke?
West Ham vs Stoke City – 05/11/2016
Two of their three wins came at home, which shows us that the team motivates itself differently in front of their home crowd.
They also have some great players in great form, such as Antonio or Payet, who can really produce goals out of nothing.
The team is sitting just above the relegation area, in 17th place, with no chance of dropping lower, but a win could boost them as high as 10th, much closer to what they’re used to.
The bad news for them is that their opponents are in fine form. Stoke are coming after three straight wins, are unbeaten in their last 5 games, and even managed a credible 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
They will rely on their high morale and fine form to avoid defeat in this game, and maybe even push for a win. Bony scored twice in their last outing against Swansea, while Shaqiri and Allen also scored doubles in their last victories.
West Ham vs Stoke City Betting Tips
From a betting perspective, we are looking at a balanced game which can really go either way, but we do seem to favor Stoke ever so slightly.
We believe that their current form can take them through, and we encourage you to go for X2 here – or maybe even Stoke +1, if you want to feel safe.
Stoke to score is another good bet, while “both teams to score” should also be considered. At the end of the day, both teams will want victory.
Double Chance – X or Stoke City @ 1.80 or 4/5
Both Teams To Score & Over 2.5 Goals – Yes @ 2.00 or 1/1