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Stoke v West Ham: Potters can further improve sterling home record

| 01.03.2013

Unbeaten in all but one home game this season, Stoke look a good bet at 11/10 to beat West Ham.

Of the six Britannia Stadium games the hosts have won this season, four have come by a single-goal margin, and another narrow home win can be expected here too.

Two wins came via a 1-0 scoreline, which is a 6/1 chance in this match, whilst the Potters have also triumphed 2-1 in two home games this term, and that is an 8/1 hope.

Alternatively, punters may opt to back a low-scoring success for the hosts, given only four Premier League grounds have seen the net bulge less times than the Britannia this season.

An 18/5 shot, under 2.5 total goals emanating from a Stoke victory looks a very plausible scenario, and one worth considering when studying total result markets.

Further strengthening that claim is the nine clean sheets Stoke have recorded this season, whilst West Ham’s struggles in front of goal should contribute to another low-scoring affair.

Indeed, the Hammers have failed to score in almost half of their away games this season, so backing Stoke to not be breached may prove a smart move at 33/20.

13/5 is available regarding a Potters win in which they don’t concede, and that too is a bet that shouldn’t be discouraged.

Meanwhile, West Ham’s six consecutive away defeats should be enough to deter punters from the 5/2 visitors, whilst the possibility of them even claiming a draw at 23/10 looks far-fetched.

Sam Allardyce’s side have travelled woefully this term, losing nine of their 13 games on the road, and further detriment to that record appears likely here.

Kenwyne Jones has scored two of the last three times he has been afforded a start against West Ham, and after coming off the bench opposing Fulham, he could make the first 11 this week.

He tempts at 6/1 to break the deadlock, as does Jonathan Walters at the same price, after the ex-Ipswich man opened the scoring in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee