WEST HAM impressed on their last outing at Newcastle as Sam Allardyce, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll made their former team suffer.
The Hammers have taken a decent haul of 18 points and unlike fellow promoted sides Reading and Southampton have adapted quicker to like in the top flight.
That's partly down to the experience of Sam Allardyce who knows what it's all about at this level. West Ham are back on home soil to take on a Stoke side who have set the standard for teams coming up. However, this season Tony Pulis's men are finding it tougher going and goals have been a problem.
Stoke have gather just three points on their travels and netted just five times so there's every chance they'll leave Upton Park empty-handed. In fact their last away success in the Premier League came at Blackburn in January.
Charlie Adam's goal earned Stoke just their second win of the season last week against QPR but before that they'd failed to net against Norwich and Sunderland.
A word of warning though. I'm as confident about West Ham beating Stoke as I was Fulham seeing off Sunderland. Fulham looked the better side until Brede Hangeland was sent off in the first off. Slightly harsh but very harsh and incidents such as that can make life hell for punters.
It's one reason why you should never bet more than you can afford to lose even if you strongly fancy your selection.
Anyway I'm on the Hammers at a biggest 21-20 with the likes of William Hill and Paddy Power and for first scorer Nolan must have a chance again at 7-1 with bet365 and Ladbrokes. Nolan netted the goal at Newcastle last week and had one wrongly ruled out for offside in West Ham's last home match – a commendable 0-0 draw with Man City.
Carroll, looking for his first goal for the club, is 11-2 at Coral and William Hill to break the deadlock but the player I'm taking a chance on is midfielder Mark Noble.
He gets forward well from midfield, has a decent shot and takes penalties. Noble is a biggest 14-1 at Coral but I'm considering taking 12-1 at Ladbrokes.
The Magic Sign will refund losing stakes if Noland scores first or last so backing Noble there gives you a bit of insurance.
Noble to score first
(12-1, Ladbrokes, stake refunded if Nolan scores first/last)