West Ham’s three–match winning run is due to come to a shuddering halt at Stoke City’s forbidding Britannia Stadium home according to the bookmakers.
The bwin layers make the Potters 7/5 favourites for maximum points, while the draw can be backed at 11/5.
Perhaps the historically-immense home record Mark Hughes’s men boast is behind their reasoning, or maybe it’s the fact that Stoke did the double over the Irons in 2013/14.
Either way the odds boffins are misguided and West Ham should be backed to hotfoot it south with the laurels shortly after tea at odds of 39/20.
Firstly, Stoke have been bested in three of their five tussles with top-flight foes at the Brit this term, most recently in a demoralising midweek 3-2 loss to Southampton.
Having fielded what looked pretty close to a full-strength side during that Capital One Cup loss, the hosts won’t be as full of beans as might have been ideal.
Secondly, the Hammers are a far more formidable proposition this term, playing football in glorious technicolour and they’ll undoubtedly still be buzzing off their Boleyn Ground win over reigning champions Manchester City last weekend.
Even if the irresistible force known as six-goal/six start striker Diafro Sakho fails a late fitness test they have the irrepressible Enner Valencia to call upon when the damage needs to be done.
The Irons have avoided defeat in three of their four away games to date, with the sole blemish on their road ledger coming at Old Trafford by a one-goal margin.
Manchester United couldn’t stop them finding the net, but that clash remains the only time they’ve failed to bag at least twice on their travels so far in 2014/15.
Scoring once was enough for both Aston Villa and Leicester to chisel wins free of the Stoke homestead.