Two Premier League strugglers take centre stage in today’s Stoke City v West Ham preview, in a contest that is expected to provide little entertainment at the Britannia Stadium on December 16th. With minimal firepower in the respective squads, goalmouth action should be at a premium. The visitors make the trip north knowing that a win will see them go level on points with their hosts.
In the run-up to this week’s expert Stoke City v West Ham betting tips, the home team have won just once in their last six matches. Their only victory came at home to second from bottom Swansea City, but that result was sandwiched by two heavy defeats to Liverpool (0-3) and Spurs (1-5). As ever with Mark Hughes’ team, goal scoring is a real problem. The Potters have netted just nineteen times in their sixteen Premiership games since August. At the other end of the pitch, they have been atrocious, conceding thirty-five times so far. Those goals conceded total is the worst in the league.
West Ham’s recent 1-0 over Chelsea was their first victory in seven and their first positive result under new manager David Moyes. In reality, as good as that result was, they were fortunate to beat a Chelsea side who had more than enough chances to put the Hammers away. The Irons are yet to win an away match in the league in 2017/18, losing six and drawing three of their matches on the road to date his term.
As we hinted at earlier, the teams involved in today’s Stoke City v West Ham bets are two of the EPL’s least prolific sides. Stoke City have scored just nineteen times in the league, though that is better than their visitors on December 16th, who have collected a paltry fourteen goals from sixteen fixtures.
The Hammers have hit the net just six times on their travels in all – only Huddersfield and Crystal Palace have scored fewer away goals in 2017/18. A glance at the history books provides us with a very interesting set of statistics to consider. In four of these team’s last five meetings, under 2.5 goals were scored. In the corresponding fixture last season, the game finished 0-0 after a dour ninety minutes.
The Potters defence is the worst the division from a statistical standpoint, though the Hammers arrive at the Britannia with one of the worst scoring records in the road. With little quality in attacking areas, fans should be in for a dull contest again this year. Bet365’s Premier League football odds offer punters incredible value. Their goal market prices are head and shoulders above their competitors.
With points proving hard to come by for both Mark Hughes and David Moyes, a draw would represent a satisfactory day’s work for each manager. Incredibly, these teams have drawn on five of their last six meetings against each other, including both Premier League fixtures in 2016/17. That head-to-head record had a huge influence on our Stoke City v West Ham predictions.
The teams drew 0-0 at the Britannia last season and 1-1 in East London. They played each other three times in 2015, drawing on each occasion, finishing 0-0 and 1-1 in London and 2-2 in Stoke. The Potters have only lost three of their league contests in front of their famously passionate fans since August, though they have only taken maximum points three times there.
The Hammers have only taken three points on the road this season, ending level away to Crystal Palace, Burnley and West Brom. The respective squads featured in today’s preview are well matched in terms of ability and there is every chance they will continue their sequence of draws against each other. Bet-at-home have some superb odds to match the final part of our OddsDigger English football tips, so we recommend betting with them.