Match date: 16 Apr 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Premier League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1
| Match result:
1-1 - Lost
West Ham are at 16th position at the table in English Premier league and this team has six points more than teams under the red line, at this moment it seems that they will manage to remain safe until the end, in 34th round will face with Stoke which are in terrible form and this could be a great chance for Hammers to collect another three points, they have at least one match less played than all teams above them and victory here would give them additional confidence, tonight are facing with team which have one of the worst defenses in league and i'm quiet sure that hosts will score.
In last round Hammers took one point from duel with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, although opponents had initiative and created a lot of chances West Ham did a great job in defense, they conceded only one goal in first half while in second managed to find an equalizer, before that achieved convincing victory over Southampton at this stadium, they fully deserved all three points there and scored three goals without conceding. In front of them are opponents which are out of the tracks and West Ham now must exploit this chance to grab all three points. Defenders Winston Reid (17/0), Sam Byram (5/0), midfielders Pedro Obiang (20/2) and Michail Antonio (21/3) are all injured and won't be in the squad for this game while forward Andy Carroll (12/2) is still in doubt due to a minor injury.
Stoke on the other hand are down at 19th position at the table and six points are behind safe placed Swansea, they collected only 27 points out of 33 rounds and that simple isn't enough for safe zone, they are in really bad shape and since December this team achieved only one victory, to this duel are coming after four consecutive defeats and at this moment i doubt that will manage to end that terrible streak against decent West Ham. Stoke had difficult schedule and most recently were defeated by Tottenham, before that couldn't confront to Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City.
There is still time for this team but they must improve their form and consolidate their squad, defense was their biggest problem and so far conceded 63 goals, most of all teams in league while scored 30. Guests achieved only six victories in Premier league in this season and that tells us enough about their form, in first encounter with West Ham in December were defeated at home, lack of accuracy was huge problem there and Hammers were much better, in the end Stoke conceded three goals without answer, tonight i just doubt that will manage to set up different outcome. Goalkeeper Lee Grant (3/0), defender Konstantinos Stafylidis (5/0), midfielder Ibrahim Afellay (6/0), forwards Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (30/5) and forward Jese (13/1) are injured and won't play here while midfielder Charlie Adam (11/0) will also stay out due to a suspension.
West Ham are favorites for this game, they are facing with Stoke which are almost desperate and are among relegation contenders, West Ham showed something better so far and will have a great chance to additionally secure their position above relegation zone, victory of West Ham is what i believe that will happen here.