Our football match prediction:
Stoke City and West Ham United face each other at Bet365 Stadium in a relegation six-pointer. The Potters were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Burnley at Turf Moor in midweek, but the Clarets eventually scored a late winner and picked up all three points from the match. Mark Hughes’ men obviously struggle on the travels, but they defeated Swansea City in their last home game in the Premier League and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football match against West Ham. Following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chelsea, the Hammers did well to hold fellow capital club Arsenal to a goalless draw on Wednesday evening and, no doubt, they regained a much-needed confidence. Both Stoke and West Ham are likely to go for a win in the Bet365 Stadium clash and we predict both teams will find the net on Matchday 18.
Highlighted Player (Joe Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe. Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon. Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
Highlighted Team (West Ham United):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals. A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.