Match preview: Stoke City vs West Ham United

West Ham United face Stoke City tomorrow and we need 3 points if we are not to get caught up in the looming dogfight on the horizon. While West Ham’s captain Kevin Nolan is out with a broken toe, the good news is that Guy Demel is fighting fit for tomorrow’s clash despite going off towards the end of the match against North London rivals Tottenham on Monday night. 

George McCartney is unlikely to play tomorrow as he continues his fight to regain full fitness. Stoke centre back Robert Huth won’t feature tomorrow for the Barclays Premiership clash due to being handed a three match suspension by our friends at the FA this week for violent conduct.

In last week’s match against Fulham at Craven cottage where Stoke lost one nil, the centre back caught Philippe Senderos in the face with his arm and has accepted the violent conduct charge and will therefore sit the next three games out. Marc Wilson or Geoff Cameron are set to cover for the big man, moving from the back of the defence to the middle to take his spot.

Steven Nzonzi, who broke his nose in the Craven Cottage game will most likely wear a face mask if picked in the starting eleven against the Hammers tomorrow. Potters Winger Matthew Etherington may get a game as will forward Michael Owen if they pass late fitness tests.

The Hammers will surely miss Nolan for the Stoke city clash who has a broken toe but are hoping that he’ll be back in the saddle soon. Noble will also be out of action for the Potters game with an arm problem that saw him also miss the Tottenham game on monday night.

Squads for tomorrow’s game:

Stoke City: Begovic, Sorensen, Cameron, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Shotton, Shea, Wilson.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, Reid, Tomkins, Collins, Pogatetz, O’Brien, Demel, Jarvis, J Cole, Noble, Diame, O’Neil, Collison, Taylor, Diarra, C Cole, Vaz Te, Carroll, Maiga, Chamakh.

Kick-off is at 15:00

About Stevo

Stevo can remember going to games with his Dad and seeing the likes of Clyde Best of all people. He also has a few mates who have “done” complete seasons too – and that was when the Irons were in division one. That’s every home and away game – unbelievable! Stevo plans to do this himself next season!

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