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Five Key Battles: West Ham vs. Stoke

The Premier League takes a rather unusual format this weekend, with no early fixture on Saturday.¬†Instead, Gameweek 11 kicks off with four 3pms, including Stoke City‘s visit to West Ham.

Both sides were expected to further push on this term after incredibly positive 2015/16 campaigns, but the Hammers and the Potters have found the new season much tougher than they expected, both getting off to rather abysmal starts.

Stoke had to wait eight weeks for their first Premier League win, whilst the Hammers picked up just four points from their first seven games.

With that in mind, Saturday’s meet at the London Stadium is certainly a curious one, with Mark Hughes and Slaven Bilic both looking to escape the bottom half of the table as soon as possible.

And with not much to choose between the two sides, it looks set to come down to which dominates the key individual battles. We’ve taken a look at five that will decide the outcome.

Article title: Five Key Battles: West Ham vs. Stoke

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