Preview - West Ham vs Stoke City 17 April 18

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Match Day 34
West Ham United vs Stoke City
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United:  
Last five matches form: L L L W D
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.81
Top Scorer: Marko Arnautovic (9)

Stoke City:
Last five matches form: D L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.91
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (7)

A big game at the London Stadium in the last of the Match Day 34 fixtures as West Ham United play host to Stoke City.

Four points from their last two games has arrested what was beginning to look a rather worrying slide towards the drop zone for David Moyes West Ham side - with the victory over Southampton an especially big result - and they now sit six points clear of the relegation places. The Hammers have been having to manage a lengthy injury list for a while now and will be without seven here, including forwards Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll.

Things are getting desperate for Stoke City. They didn't do too badly at home to Tottenham last week, but still ultimately came away with nothing, and are now winless in nine. They go without the suspended Charlie Adam and injured duo of Lee Grant and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for this clash.

Stoke have won just once away from home all season, losing ten and drawing five.

West Ham are not a good side, but they have been doing what it takes to survive of late, beating both Watford and Southampton at home and picking up a hard-earned point at Chelsea last week. We see the home side taking this to simultaneously boost their own chances of survival whilst also putting a nail in Stoke's coffin.

Prediction: West Ham United 2 - 1 Stoke City


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 18 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 7
Corner Kicks: 10 - 1
Possession: 62% - 38%

Referee Michael Oliver took the names of Cheikhou Kouyate and Aaron Cresswell for West Ham, whilst Stoke City's Peter Crouch, Bruno Martins Indi and Badou Ndiaye also made their way into his notebook.

West Ham would have been a little unlucky to lose this one, although Stoke City - despite lagging in possession - did have more shots on target.

Very little to report from the opening period as both sides largely cancelled each other out and we headed into the break at 0-0.

The Hammers did have a couple of efforts correctly ruled out for offside as they began to assert in the second half, but Stoke hung on in there as the stalemate held until late.

In the end it took the intervention of two big men from the bench to break the deadlock. Peter Crouch got the ball rolling in the 79th minute. Joe Hart producing an absolute howler when failing to deal with a Xherdan Shaqiri effort from the edge of the area. First failing to hold on to the ball, and then attempting to kick the fumble to safety but not getting anywhere near. Crouch the man to pounce and finish from close range.

This looked like being a huge win for Stoke until the intervention of West Ham's very own supersub in the 90th minute.

Aron Cresswell's cross from deep on the left falling perfectly into the path of Andy Carroll's left foot on the edge of the box. One excellent volley into the bottom corner later and we were all square.

It is no exaggeration to suggest that Andy Carrolls late equaliser here could prove absolutely pivotal to both West Hams and Stoke City's seasons. Prior to that goal West Ham's advantage over Stoke City stood at four points, after it, it was up to seven. A massive swing and a hammer blow to Stoke City's chances of survival. Stoke remain second bottom and five points adrift of safety. West Ham move up to 14th and seven points clear of the drop.

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