Preview - Stoke City



When and where?

West Ham United v Stoke City
Premier League
Saturday 5 November 2016, 3pm GMT
London Stadium

What’s the story?

West Ham United head into the November international break by welcoming Stoke City to London Stadium for their latest Premier League fixture.

Both sides are in the division’s bottom nine, but both have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks.
For the Hammers that has meant seven points from their last four matches, while Mark Hughes’ Stoke side have won their last three, including Monday’s 3-1 victory over Swansea City.

That fine run of form has lifted them from the foot of the table after a poor start to the campaign, and they are now showing the form that has led them to three consecutive ninth place finishes in the top flight.

Summer arrival Wilfried Bony notched twice against his former club Swansea last time out, while another close season signing, Wales midfielder Joe Allen, has also impressed.

The Hammers’ four-game unbeaten run came to an end last Sunday at Everton, but with wins over Sunderland and Chelsea in their last two home games, Slaven Bilic will be confident of making it a hat-trick against the Potters.

Team news

Winston Reid is suspended for the Hammers after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Goodison Park last Sunday, so James Collins could come in to take his place in defence.

Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are closer to a return but miss this game, while Arthur Masuaku (knee) and Sam Byram (hamstring) are also out.

For Stoke, Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is banned after also being booked for the fifth time this term.

Xherdan Shaqiri is a doubt after being withdrawn injured during last week’s win against Swansea, while Geoff Cameron is out.

Any links between the teams?

Stoke right back Glen Johnson came through the Hammers Academy and made 16 first team appearances prior to moving on to Chelsea.

He has been with the Potters for the last two seasons after leaving Liverpool.

Last season the teams played out a 0-0 draw at the Boleyn Ground, with Stoke winning the return fixture 2-1.

How do I get to the game?

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How can I watch the game?

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