West Ham v Stoke Premier League Betting Preview


The Hammers are almost there. West Ham fans will have been in the unusual position of cheering on Chelsea during their outrageous comeback at Southampton, and victory here at 19/20 with Betfair would take the Hammers to 37 points and surely another season of top-flight football.

For Stoke, things are rather bleaker. Southampton’s defeat was good news for them too, but Huddersfield’s dramatic win over Watford and Crystal Palace’s success against Brighton has left the Potters’ situation looking grim.

They now find themselves six points adrift of safety and needing something like 10 points from their remaining five games to stand a realistic chance of survival.

That means they need victories. It doesn’t mean this game won’t end all-square – and at an earlier stage of the season we’d quite like the 49/20 about the stalemate – it just means that it’s a result that does little for either side. The Hammers will want the win that almost seals the deal – their run-in is not the prettiest – while Stoke need it.

But what Stoke need and what they’ll get are not necessarily the same thing. Viewed dispassionately, it’s hard to look beyond the Hammers here.

For all that the London Stadium is an often unhappy and sometimes mutinous home ground, the Hammers have picked up three wins and two draws from their last six Premier League games there.

Stoke have had an admittedly tough run of fixtures but have lost their last four in a row and are without a Premier League win since January. They have drawn three and lost seven of their last 10 away games in the league.

After a slow start, Marko Arnautovic is really finding his feet in this improving West Ham side. He has scored nine in his last 13 Premier League games, scoring in over half those games, and is a spot of value at 7/5 to get on the scoresheet again in this one given that the league situation means Stoke will have no choice but to go for it here.

Hammers to win at 19/20
West Ham 0-0 at 49/20
Arnautovic To Score Anytime at 7/5




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