Premier League Preview: West Ham United to challenge Stoke City

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Updated: August 27, 2013
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West Ham United (The Irons) continue their impressive campaign for the Premier League new season with a good follow-up to their triumphant season opener, adding a thrilling draw (with Newcastle United 0-0) to their streak. Stoke City (The Potters), meanwhile, make a marvelous comeback from their defeat opposite Liverpool 0-1. The side scored a riveting win over newly promoted Crystal Palace 2-1, giving new team manager Mark Hughes a gust of relief for his second stint in the English top-level football with the team.

 

On August 31, the two sides will have their turn to meet for a duel, which is expected to cap the Boleyn Ground with more-than-the-usual drills from both sides.

 

The Sam Allardyce-led West Ham are yet to experience an upset in the tournament. Currently ranked fifth in the league table, the side are among the favorites (in sports betting sites, for example) to win—or end up near the top of—the competition. The side did similarly impressive in the pre-season friendlies, drawing in their last two matches and winning another two in the earlier occasions.

 

Stoke City kicked off their new season campaign a little bit off, losing their match to Liverpool 0-1. They, however, were very aggressive during their fixture with Crystal Palace, winning the match 2-1 amid an anxious display in the first half. The Potters also performed very well in the Club Friendlies, finishing their last three matches in handsome victories.

 

March 2, 2013 marked the last time The Irons and The Potters engaged in a tourney, where it finished in an away win for West Ham. The upcoming match will prove to be another thriller as both teams have already mustered enough strength to continue their Premier League crusade right and on point. But one of them have to finish the game on top of the other, and it seems like West Ham will have their second win for the term, albeit via a hard-earned goal from resilient Stoke City.

 

 

West Ham coach Sam Allardyce | Image source: whoateallthepies.tv