Stoke City vs West Ham United – Confidence high at the Britannia

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Tony Pulis will take charge of Stoke City despite the death of his mother earlier in the week, but opposite manager Avram Grant will miss the tie because of Yom Kippur.

Stoke players were quick to praise Pulis after his inspirational showing in Monday’s clash with Aston Villa, and with the squad seeming to have bonded tightly since the episode it’s hard to see a low in confidence West Ham side beating a spirited Stoke.

Pulis is likely to stick with the same starting eleven that beat Villa, earning Stoke their first points the season, and the team should take the three points against West Ham at 1/1.

A win for stoke would leave West Ham rooted firmly to the bottom of the Premier League and manager Avram Grant, who will miss the game because of Yom Kippur, could find himself jobless by the end of the Jewish holiday.

West Ham’s confidence is shot, they have no points from four games and are over-reliant on Scott Parker dragging them through games.

Carlton Cole was one of the Hammers best players last season, earning an England call-up with his ten league goals.

Playing as a lone striker hasn’t worked so far this season, with his team-mates unable to provide the opportunities or the support for Cole to find the goals that West Ham desperately need.

West Ham are 11/4 to register their first away victory in the Premier League in 20 attempts, but problems with conceding headed goals – four so far this season – could mean Rory Delap’s long throw-in’s are especially dangerous.

With that being the case, Kenwyne Jones looks good value at 6/4 to score anytime.

West Ham fans can, at best, hope for a draw at 12/5. See the full Stoke City vs West Ham United match betting market here.

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