WEST HAM UNITED v STOKE CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
BOLEYN GROUND
SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 2013
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: JON MOSS

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Introduction

· West Ham United play host to Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League fresh from a 2-1 victory over Cheltenham Town in the Capital One Cup.

· Today's match is sponsored by TCS Construction.

· Tuesday night's win continues the Hammers unbeaten start to the season and if they avoid defeat against Stoke it will be the first time since the 1999/2000 season that the club has not suffered a defeat in their opening four fixtures.

· West Ham could be top of the table on Saturday night if victory over Stoke is achieved, as Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United all play on Sunday, with current leaders Chelsea not in action.

· Three points on Saturday would leave Sam Allardyce's side a point better off than after three games last season when two wins and a defeat yielded six points. After the opening day victory over Cardiff and last weekend's 0-0 draw with Newcastle seven points from a possible nine is now in the team's sights.

· Stoke come into the game on the back of Wednesday night's win over Walsall in the Capital One Cup and a victory over Crystal Palace in their last league outing. That win was however preceded by an opening day defeat to Liverpool.

· Mark Hughes has never been on the winning side at the Boleyn Ground in six previous attempts with three different clubs (Blackburn, Fulham and Manchester City). This is his first visit to the ground as manager of Stoke City.

· Former Hammer of the year Matt Etherington again returns to the Boleyn Ground where he made 195 appearances for the club before leaving to join the Potters in 2009.

· In this fixture last year Stoke held the Hammers to a 1-1 draw on 19 November 2012. In the return game a Jack Collison goal was enough to earn West Ham a 1-0 win at the Brittania Stadium in March.


Team news

West Ham United

· Alou Diarra will miss the game after picking up a serious knee injury during the win against Cheltenham, whilst Andy Carroll continues his recovery from a heel injury.

· George McCartney stepped up his recovery from injury with a 90 minute run out in the midweek win and is in contention to make the squad for Saturday.

Stoke City

· Jamie Ness is expected to miss the game as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

· Wilson Palacios and Brek Shea could feature after making their comebacks during the win over Walsall on Wednesday night.

· Hat-trick hero Kenwyne Jones may have done enough to earn a start after his midweek heroics.


Last time out

Tuesday 27 August 2013
Capital One Cup second round
West Ham United 2-1 Cheltenham Town
West Ham United: Adrian, Chambers, Tomkins, McCartney, Rat, Morrison, Diarra (Diame 35), Cole (Downing 46), Collison, Vaz Te, Taylor.
Subs not used: Henderson, Lletget, Ruddock, Nolan, Lee.
Goals: Vaz Te 42, Morrison 46.

Wednesday 28 August 2013
Capital One Cup second round
Stoke City 3-1 Walsall
Stoke City: Sorensen, Huth, Muniesa, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Pennant, Palacios (Wilson 50), Shea (Assaidi 46), Adam (Nzonzi 75), Jones.
Subs not used: Butland, Shotton, Kightly, Jerome.
Goals: Jones 22, 31, 84.


Last meeting

The two sides last met at the Brittania Stadium on 2 March 2013. A Jack Collison goal in first-half stoppage time was enough to secure a valuable three points for the Hammers on their ultimately successful quest for a top-ten place. A late Charlie Adam volley which thumped the bar was the only real scare for the West Ham defence as they recorded a crucial three points.

Stoke City: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson, Walters (Jones 74), Nzonzi, Whelan (Adam 77), Kightly (Shea 66), Jerome, Crouch.
Subs not used: Sorensen, Cameron, Palacios, Whitehead.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, O'Neil, J.Cole (Vaz Te 11), Taylor (Collison 11), Diame, Jarvis (Pogatetz 83), Carroll.
Subs not used: Spiegel, C.Cole, Maiga, Chamakh.
Goals: Collison 45+3


Background

· Monday's game is the 85th time West Ham United and Stoke City have faced one another in competitive fixtures. West Ham have won 34, Stoke 30 and there have been 20 draws.

· Stoke City are considered to be the second-oldest professional football club in the world behind Notts County. Formed in 1863, the Potters were also one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888.

· West Ham first faced Stoke in a Southern League First Division match at the Boleyn Ground on 16 December 1911. The Potters won the game 4-3 with William Kennedy (two) and Tom Randall on target for the Hammers.

· West Ham's biggest win over Stoke City came in the 1957/58 season. Vic Keeble bagged a hat-trick in a 5-0 Division Two victory on 6 November 1957, the Hammers would go onto be promoted. Keeble also scored twice in the reverse fixture - a 4-1 win at the Victoria Ground the following March.


Head to head

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

2 March 2013 - Stoke City 0-1 West Ham United
19 November 2012 - West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City
13 March 2011 - Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United (FA Cup sixth round)
5 March 2011 - West Ham United 3-0 Stoke City
27 October 2010 - West Ham United 3-1 Stoke City (Carling Cup fourth round)
18 September 2010 - Stoke City 1-1 West Ham United

Overall record v Stoke City (all competitions) W 34 D 20 L 30


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)

Stoke City

2012/13 Premier League 13th (42 points)
2011/12 Premier League 14th (45 points)
2010/11 Premier League 13th (46 points)
2009/10 Premier League 11th (47 points)
2008/09 Premier League 12th (45 points)
2007/08 Championship 2nd (79 points - promoted to the Premier League)
2006/07 Championship 8th (73 points)
2005/06 Championship 13th (58 points)
2004/05 Championship 12th (61 points)
2003/04 Division One 11th (66 points)


Referee

· Saturdays referee will be Jonathan Moss.

· Moss was in charge of the last meeting between the two sides on 2 March 2013, when West Ham recorded a 1-0 win over the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.

· In all, Moss showed 86 yellow cards; sent-off one player and awarded nine penalties in the 31 matches he took charge of last season.

· Headteacher Moss was promoted to the Select Group of Referees in June 2011.

· He took charge of the 2005 Conference Play-Off final between Carlisle United and Stevenage and was then promoted to the National Group of Referees.

· He will be assisted by Steve Child and Andrew Halliday, while the fourth official will be Andy D'Urso.


Old boys

· Former West Ham United captain Matthew Upson played 147 matches for the Club between January 2007 and May 2011. He captained the club for the final two years of his stay and scored four goals in total before joining the Potters in the summer of 2011 where he made 25 appearances.

· Stoke winger Matthew Etherington made 195 appearances for West Ham between August 2003 and January 2009, scoring 18 goals. He joined the Potters on 8 January 2009, having moved to the Boleyn Ground from Tottenham Hotspur five-and-a-half years previously.

· Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Clive Clarke, Bob Dixon, Sir Geoff Hurst, Lawrie Leslie, Nicky Morgan, Henri Camara, Abdoulaye Faye and Frank Richardson.


General information

· A handful of tickets remain for this Kids for a Quid match. Click here to buy now.

· The weather forecast predicts a sunny day in east London on Saturday, with temperatures at kick-off of 20C (68F).

· The District and Hammersmith & City Lines have no closures planned this weekend.

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