West Ham vs Stoke City Preview Nov. 19th

by Punter's Hero on November 19, 2012

in Football, Latest News

West Ham will host Stoke in an English Premier League matchup at Upton Park on Monday Nov. 19. West Ham has played relatively well this season after being promoted back to the top tier in England and sits in seventh place in the table while Stoke has been mediocre at best and are heading into the game in 14th place in the 20-team league.

The latest odds at sportsbook William Hill for this match have a West Ham win listed at 21/20 with a Stoke victory at 3/1 and a draw at 21/10.

West Ham has 18 points from five wins, three draws and three losses and has score 14 goals while allowing 11 against. Stoke has just 12 points from two wins, six draws and three losses and has nine goals for and 10 against. Stoke has played pretty well defensively so far this season, but they’re offence is definitely suffering. Manager Tony Pulis needs to shoulder his share of the blame since he bought former England striker Michael Owen at the start of the season, but rarely plays him.

Owen, who is one of the greatest goals corers of his era, would fit in well with the squad if he was partnered with Peter Crouch, but Pulis seems to be satisfied with draws instead of wins. And now it looks like Pulis has wasted his chance to play Owen since he’s injured with a hamstring problem. Pulis brings quality players into the squad year after year, but the team’s performance never really improves. On the other hand, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce managed to land Liverpool and England striker Andy Carroll on loan for the season and plays him every chance he gets as long as he’s healthy.

Allardyce might decide to go with defender James Collins for this match instead of James Tomkins, while defender Guy Demel is also in the running for a start. However, it looks like West Ham will have to face Stoke without the services of Ricardo Vaz Te and Jack Collison. Vaz Te has an injured shoulder and Collison is suffering from a knee problem. On the bright side, Matthew Taylor has should be back in the squad after missing some time with a calf injury.

For Stoke, Glenn Whelan was injured for the Republic of Ireland while playing a friendly match for his country against Greece on Wednesday and he might miss the contest with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Dean Whitehead will definitely miss the game since he has a suspension. Fellow midfielder Rory Delap will probably miss the game with a hernia and defender Marc Wilson will be out with a broken leg, but midfielder Charlie Adam and forward Jon Walters are expected to be healthy enough to be named to the squad.

West Ham has won two, drawn two and lost one in their last five matches while Stoke has won one, drawn two and lost two in theirs. In their past five meetings with each other in all competitions West Ham and Stoke each have two wins two losses and a draw.

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