Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(33) 23 Goals 21 (43)
(20) 14 Assists 18 (32)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.6)
28.8 Average Age 29.9
187.3 Average Height (cm) 184
(0.8) 0.9 Shots pg 1.1 (1)
(59%) 60% Aerial Duel Success 57% (55%)
(0.4) 0.3 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.6)
(1.7) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Robert Huth Out 6.95
Michael Owen Doubtful 6.13
Matthew Etherington Doubtful 6.34
Player Reason Status Rating
Kevin Nolan Out 6.77
George McCartney Doubtful 6.63
Daniel Potts Doubtful 5.94
Mark Noble Doubtful 7.08
James Tomkins Doubtful 6.84

Team News

  • Marc Wilson completed 90 minutes for the first time since October last week and should keep his place at left back.
  • Robert Huth was charged with violent conduct over an incident with Philippe Senderos at the weekend and serves the first match of his 3 game ban here. Geoff Cameron could drop into defence with Charlie Adam coming into midfield.
  • Matty Etherington was withdrawn in the first half against Fulham due to a back injury and is a major doubt here, so Michael Kightly could play on the left side of midfield.
  • West Ham will be hoping to have Mark Noble back in the starting XI after he missed the defeat to Tottenham with a shoulder injury.
  • Kevin Nolan was forced off in the first half of that game and it was confirmed this week that he actually broke a toe in an innocuous challenge with Scott Parker.
  • James Tomkins is expected to overcome an illness but may not displace either Collins or Reid at the back.

Prediction

  • Two of the biggest exponents of the long ball in the Premier League meet here in a clash where you might just see the ball in the air as much as it is on the floor. Peter Crouch (7.8) and Andy Carroll (10.4) are 3rd and 1st, respectively, in the league for aerial duels won per game, and they will both have chances to add to their tallies here.
  • That is not to say the teams won't produce an exciting game. There have been 12 goals in their last 4 meetings in all competitions so West Ham will be hopeful of adding to their abysmal tally of just 8 goals on the road all season.
  • The home side will be weaker at the back without the suspended Robert Huth and Sam Allrdyce will know that and be keen to take advantage. However, Stoke side will be organised and should extend West Ham's run of 5 consecutive league defeats on the road.
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