Despite their off-field issues, West Ham have only lost twice in ten at home.
West Ham v Stoke - Monday 20:00, Sky Sports
West Ham picked up an excellent point at Chelsea last time out and return to the London Stadium, where they’ve won two of their last three and lost only twice in 10. They host a Stoke side that have lost their last four as well as seven of 11 winless road games, netting just twice in the last six of these. West Ham are W4-D1-L0 when hosting the sides below them this term, with that draw coming against a Palace side up in 13th at the time, and so the Hammers look an excellent price at marginally odds-against.
The Hammers shipped just two goals across those five games and in fact 12 of their 13 home wins since the start of last season have been without conceding. Given Stoke’s lack of goals on their travels, the win to nil is certainly worth backing. The Potters have failed to score in four of their last five away defeats and we don’t expect them to trouble the hosts too badly.
Javier Hernandez netted his fourth goal in eight appearances at Chelsea, despite only starting half of these games, with this the fourth time he’s netted at Stamford Bridge off the bench in his career. He also scored after coming on as a substitute against Bournemouth during this winning run, with both of these goals from the bench the last of the game. Despite his recent showings, West Ham typically start with a single central striker, and with Arnautovic impressing in a central role, the Mexican international is unlikely to get the central starting berth he craves – especially with Carroll returning from injury. However, Stoke have conceded the last of the game in each of their last four, and so there should be time for Chicharito to make his mark.