West Ham vs Stoke City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: This is a massive match at the wrong end of the Premier League as Stoke City are in the bottom three and West Ham United might be closer to it by the time they kick off on Monday night.
Last time: The two sides drew 1-1 in November 2016. West Ham took the lead via a Glenn Whelan own goal, before Bojan Krkic equalised. Football predictions aren’t easy, but this could easily be a similarly tight game.
This time: The Hammers are even money to win with Stoke at 3/1 and the draw 5/2.
You might remember: Stoke’s last win in East London, in August 2013. Jermaine Pennant got the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute.
West Ham's Last Six:
Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
David Moyes has to contend with the longest injury list in the Premier League at present, with eight players unavailable to him. These include key players like Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio.
Stoke's Last Six:
Won: 0 Drawn: 2 Lost: 4
Charlie Adam is suspended, but Stoke don’t have too many injury absentees. The main one is Eric Choupo-Moting, but Paul Lambert has close to a full squad otherwise.
This is a Premier League preview where the result will be difficult to predict as both sides have struggled throughout this season. Football prediction can often be aided by looking at the form guide, but as neither side have won many games recently it isn’t too much help. Both sides are desperate for the points though, so there is at least plenty riding on this one. Here are some football betting tips for the weekend for you to bear in mind when selecting your bets.
West Ham are even money to win, and they have taken the three points in two of their last three home matches. The other one of those games saw pitch invasions though, so if the visitors score first it could turn ugly.
Stoke are priced at 3/1, but with one win on the road all season, perhaps their odds should be even longer. With four draws and seven defeats since their solitary away triumph, it’s very hard to make a case that the Potters will prevail here.
The draw is available at 5/2. These teams haven’t drawn too many matches in the league this season, but four of the last five meetings at West Ham have been stalemates, and with both teams looking goal-shy, this might be the way to go.
Marko Arnautovic will be highly motivated against his former club, and he’s the 22/5 favourite to open the scoring. He is the top scorer for either side, with nine league goals in 2017/18, and he’s certainly in form with six goals in his last eight appearances for club and country. The Austrian is available at 13/8 to net at any time.
Xherdan Shaqiri is 18/5 to bag a goal or 9/1 to get the opener. The latter looks particularly appealing as the Switzerland international has broken the deadlock three times this season, which is the most of any player from either team. He has seven league goals in total and is definitely Stoke’s best hope of staying up this season.
Premier League predictions are rarely straightforward, and this is no exception. With goals at a premium, a draw looks the most likely outcome.
Predicted Score: West Ham 1 - 1 Stoke
Look out for:
Both teams finding the net. West Ham and Stoke have both featured in 18 league games where both teams scored this season, and only two clubs have appeared in more. A ‘yes’ bet in your both teams to score predictions looks sensible, and it’s available at 7/8.
Under 2.5 goals at 4/5. Football predictions can be improved by doing some research, and both of these teams are at the lower end of the Premier League for matches featuring at least three goals in the past two seasons.
It's a long shot, but...
West Ham to win 3-1, at 18/1. Football score predictions are always hard, but these sides are in the bottom three for goals conceded, and as Stoke have been so poor away from home, a big West Ham win shouldn’t be ruled out.
Written by Andrew Beasley
Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.