However, Stoke’s strength is that they have a strong defence that has conceded just ten goals in eleven Premier League matches and they can be backed at a massive 3/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to win at Upton Park on Monday night.
Tony Pulis’ team come into this match off the back of a 1-0 win against QPR last weekend which saw Charlie Adam prove the match winner, although perhaps Matthew Etherington could find the magic touch for this game against his former club.
West Ham couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season and have eighteen points on the board from eleven games, with Sam Allardyce’s team having claimed victory at Newcastle last weekend to propel themselves into the top six.
The Hammers have won half of their six games at the Boleyn Ground thus far and the best odds about a home win on Monday night are 21/20 (William Hill bookmaker), with Kevin Nolan scoring for fun since the club were promoted to the Premier League.
The former Bolton midfielder will relish going up against a physical Stoke side and is a 7/1 chance to score the first goal, while the same applies to Andy Carroll and this might just be the match where the on-loan striker finally finds the net for West Ham.
Stoke are likely to make things difficult for their opponents and this points to a low-scoring fixture with Under 2.5 Goals odds-on at 8/11 and that is where the smart money is going.