Combining Mark Hughes’ weakness away from familiar surroundings, with the boring nature of previous encounters between West Ham and Stoke, looks the best way to attack this match from a betting perspective.
The last five Premier League games between these two have produced just nine goals and West Ham have only lost one game at home in 2013.
Incorporating the very likely low scoring nature of the match into the outright home win bet looks a successful formula.
Instead of simply backing the Hammers to win, splitting stakes on both 1-0 (23/4) and 2-0 (31/4) home wins make perfect sense from a money making angle.
West Ham have made a very encouraging start to the campaign, beating Cardiff City 2-0 in comfortable fashion before holding Newcastle 0-0 last weekend.
Sam Allardyce’s men, who are 10/11 to beat Stoke, can go top of the Premier League by winning by more than two goals.
In order to be top dogs at five o’clock they also will need to better Southampton’s result against Norwich.
Stoke bounced back from a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool by securing a valuable first win for new boss Hughes at home to Crystal Palace.
Punters tempted to plunge some money down on a Stoke victory at 29/10 may want to gloss over Hughes’ useless record on the road.
Since leaving Blackburn in 2008, the former Manchester United striker has only managed seven away Premier League wins in his last 62 matches.
As QPR manager, his negative style of play away from Loftus Road resulted in him winning just two points from a possible 42 available.
His last away win as a manager came in 2011 when his Fulham side beat Birmingham City 2-0 at St Andrew’s.
He’s taken over a club that rarely gives their supporters memorable away days either.
The Potters have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games and only scored a measly 13 goals in 19 away matches last term.