West Ham United vs Stoke City - Betting Tips and Predictions

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Stoke were heading for their first away win since October after substitute Peter Crouch capitalised on a mistake from keeper Joe Hart after 79 minutes to tap home from close-range.

West Ham boss David Moyes has opted to name the same starting-11 as the club's previous outing at Chelsea, but he's welcomed back Andy Carroll - who could be set for his first appearance since the start of the year - and Manuel Lanzini to the bench.

"The goal was a kick in the teeth", Crouch said.

Hart was outstanding in the Hammers previous game against Chelsea and earned a man of the match display as his side came away with a crucial point in a draw at Stamford Bridge.

Crouch had been on the pitch nine minutes when he pounced to turn in the rebound after England goalkeeper Joe Hart spilled a shot from Xherdan Shaqiri.

On their survival chances, he added: "We can take heart in our remaining games, there are some winnable ones, if we can win three who knows?"

"We didn't go out there with it really planned".

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"He had two very similar shots in the first half", Moyes told a news conference. "I have great belief". I got him to run and close things down, and show that he really had that capability.

"I believe we can do it, I honestly do". Earlier in the season, the Hammers claimed a 3-0 win at Bet365 Stadium, and we are backing them to complete a double over their opponents.

"I thought we defended well, were good for three points".

"He's someone who needs the confidence, but I think he also needs the understanding of how you get to the levels you've got to. I can't fault the effort or commitment, and we'll see what happens". "With the atmosphere in stadium, it is a hard place to come but I thought we were excellent". "But if he can continue to come off the bench and give us 20 or 30 minutes, that will be more than handy as he showed tonight".

But on a night where his side had three goals chalked out, two for offside and a third for a Carroll handball, Moyes was pleased with his players' performance.

"I think if the team had been playing this way from August, I wouldn't be here and they wouldn't be in the position they are in".

"I haven't seen the last one which seems to be the most dubious of them all".

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