Date: 12th December 2015 at 8:00am
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Two sides who had impressive results against the Manchester clubs last weekend face each other at Upton Park on Saturday, and the visitors could leapfrog the hosts with a win.

The Hammers held Manchester United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford, a result they would have taken before kick-off, although it did extend their winless run to five matches.

Last weekend was the Hammers’ first clean sheet in 10 games, and they are looking to extend an unbeaten home record which stretches five outings.

A lack of goals in recent weeks is becoming a concern for Slaven Bilic’s side; they have scored just three times in their past five matches having netted 22 in their first 10.

Stoke were excellent in last weekend’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Manchester City, as Mark Hughes’ side made it three wins from their last four.

The Potters’ exciting attack of Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic and Bojan were all on top form last weekend, and will prove a stern test for the hosts’ back-four if they are on song again.

Despite their array of options in the final third, Stoke, who have lost just once on the road this term, remain the joint-lowest scorers in the top flight; their 13 goals mustered is level with Aston Villa as the worst record in the Premier League.

Team News:

Bilic’s side have a lengthy injury list which has grown this week thanks to injuries to Winston Reid and Victor Moses, who have joined Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini in the treatment room.

However, Ecuador striker Enner Valencia could be back for the hosts.

Marc Muniesa could return after a six-game absence for the visitors, who are still without strikers Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie.

Last Meeting: West Ham 1-1 Stoke – April 11, 2015
League Position: West Ham – 7th (23 pts); Stoke – 11th (22 pts)
Form: West Ham – WLDLDD; Stoke – LDWWLW
Key Players: West Ham – Andy Carroll; Stoke – Xherdan Shaqiri
Shoot Says: West Ham 2-2 Stoke

 
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