Stoke are expected to be unchanged from the side that beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Monday evening . That would mean Ricardo Fuller and Jermaine Pennant again being left on the bench . Both players made a big impact during the second half against Villa and will expect to play some part in today’s game .
Kenwyne Jones will surely be the big goal threat for Stoke and Bet365 are best priced about the £8M striker at 11/2 to score the first goal .
West Ham will be without Tai Ben-Haim because of Yom Kippur and Matthew Etherington will have a difficult job marshalling his defence against the expected Stoke onslaught . Kieron Dyer could start for the Hammers who are desperate to get some points on the board this season . West Ham will expect striker Carlton Cole to start hitting the net more regularly but the 9/4 for him to score at anytime in today’s game is not worth taking .
Danny Gabbidon (hamstring) and Thomas Hitzlsperger(thigh) are doubts for West Ham whilst Jack Collison and Zavon Hines are definetly out .
Hammers keeper Rob Green will be under pressure from crosses today and can not afford any more schollboy lapses .
The Premier League first game of the weekend is a 12.45 pm kick off and live on Sky Sports 2 .