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Brek Shea crosses the ball.
Cameron Jerome challenges Joey O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Carroll. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Ricardo Vaz Te challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Vaz Te by Steven Nzonzi. Booking for Steven Nzonzi. Ricardo Vaz Te takes the free kick.
Charlie Adam takes a shot.
Effort on goal by Marc Wilson from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Peter Crouch fouled by Emanuel Pogatetz, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from right channel, clearance by Andy Carroll.
Centre by Marc Wilson, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
A cross is delivered by Brek Shea.
Steven Nzonzi delivers the ball, Winston Reid gets a block in.
Steven Nzonzi fouled by Andy Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Charlie Adam produces a cross.
Matthew Jarvis goes off and Emanuel Pogatetz comes on.
Peter Crouch fouled by Winston Reid, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance by Gary O'Neil.
Charlie Adam is brought on as a substitute for Glenn Whelan.
Kenwyne Jones comes on in place of Jonathan Walters.
The ball is crossed by Glenn Whelan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid by Jonathan Walters. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Andy Carroll is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Cameron Jerome produces a cross, clearance made by James Collins.
Unfair challenge on Guy Demel by Brek Shea results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
A cross is delivered by Joey O'Brien. The offside flag is raised against Jack Collison. Brek Shea replaces Michael Kightly. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Shot by Cameron Jerome from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Andy Wilkinson, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Guy Demel results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Glenn Whelan, Mohamed Diame manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Marc Wilson, Foul by Michael Kightly on Joey O'Brien, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Glenn Whelan. James Collins is shown a yellow card for dissent. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Marc Wilson.
Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Andy Carroll takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Ryan Shotton, comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Andy Wilkinson crosses the ball, Cameron Jerome produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Jack Collison finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 0-1 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Ricardo Vaz Te.
Corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the right by-line, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Walters, Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.
Guy Demel challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Marc Wilson, Andy Carroll gets a block in.
Foul by Cameron Jerome on Guy Demel, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Michael Kightly goes wide left of the target.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, blocked by Ryan Shotton.
Unfair challenge on Asmir Begovic by Ricardo Vaz Te results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis.
Header by Jonathan Walters from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Andy Carroll on Ryan Shawcross, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Headed effort from inside the area by Peter Crouch misses to the right of the goal.
Centre by Guy Demel, Headed effort from inside the area by Andy Carroll misses to the left of the target.
Cameron Jerome is ruled offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Vaz Te. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Guy Demel. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Ricardo Vaz Te produces a cross, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Andy Carroll takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Jack Collison takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Carroll. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gary O'Neil from left channel, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Winston Reid. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Andy Carroll.
Peter Crouch is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Joey O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shotton.
James Collins produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, clearance by James Collins.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Carroll on Ryan Shawcross. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Cameron Jerome sends in a cross, clearance by Winston Reid.
Michael Kightly produces a cross, Gary O'Neil makes a clearance.
Joe Cole leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Vaz Te.
Jack Collison is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Taylor.
Unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Glenn Whelan, clearance made by Andy Carroll.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Shotton, clearance made by Guy Demel.
Joey O'Brien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Peter Crouch on Winston Reid, free kick awarded. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Corner taken short by Glenn Whelan. Effort on goal by Jonathan Walters from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Huth banned for Stoke
Stoke will be missing Robert Huth in the Barclays Premier League home clash with West Ham as the centre-back begins the three-match suspension handed to him earlier this week by the Football Association.
Huth will serve the ban after accepting a violent conduct charge from the FA relating to an incident in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Fulham, where he caught Philippe Senderos in the face with his forearm. Either Marc Wilson or Geoff Cameron, both of whom usually play at full-back for the Potters, is set to cover in the middle of defence alongside skipper Ryan Shawcross.
Midfielder Steven Nzonzi will be wearing a protective face mask if he features having broken his nose in the match at Craven Cottage, while winger Matthew Etherington (back) and striker Michael Owen (thigh) will undergo late fitness tests.
Stoke, currently 10th, take on a 14th-placed West Ham side who will go level on points with them if they can secure victory at the Britannia Stadium.
That would halt a winless run of eight away league games for the Hammers, a sequence in which they have suffered seven losses.
Given that Stoke have been beaten on their own turf only once in the league all season, it looks like a long shot, but if the London outfit are to upset the form guide, their towering frontman Andy Carroll - on loan for the campaign from Liverpool - could be key.
In the absence of suspended centre-back Robert Huth, the Potters are set to move either Marc Wilson or Geoff Cameron, both of whom usually play at full-back, into the middle of defence to partner skipper Ryan Shawcross.
That may work to Carroll's advantage, although Pulis is keen to play down any such suggestion.
Regarding the defensive situation, Pulis said: "We have Marc Wilson, who has played centre-half before, and Geoff Cameron, who has played for the United States at that position, so we have got cover there.
"We have got Shawcross there as well, and I don't think it will be determined by that single battle (with Carroll), whichever way you look at it."
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is out with a broken toe.
A foot injury was exacerbated in Monday's 3-2 loss to Tottenham and West Ham hope his absence will be temporary, while his fellow midfielder Mark Noble is doubtful with an arm problem which saw him miss the Spurs loss.
Guy Demel is fit despite going off in the latter stages of the loss to Tottenham, while George McCartney (knee) is continuing his comeback and is unlikely to feature.
The Hammers have just eight points from 13 away games all season and have lost their last five away matches in the Barclays Premier League.
Assistant manager Neil McDonald hopes United, who last picked up a point on the road in the December draw at West Brom and most recently claimed three in the win at Newcastle in mid-November, can improve their record of three wins in 18 matches and draw level on points with opponents Stoke.
"It's a stern test," said McDonald, who assumed manager Sam Allardyce's pre-match media duties.
"I think they're very well organised. They're quite direct with the way they play, into the forwards, then knocking it down and getting it wide.
"We have to deal with crosses, we have to deal with knock downs as well.
"Hopefully with our game and our game plan we can give them a little bit of a test as well.
"We're looking forward to the game and we're trying to put right what we haven't done over the last four or five away games."
Stoke have one win in five matches and McDonald hopes the Hammers can extend the hosts' poor run, having pushed high-flying Tottenham close on Monday night only for Gareth Bale to score twice to seal a 3-2 victory for his side at Upton Park.
McDonald added: "You always have to take something positive. Apart from Gareth Bale on Monday scoring two goals we've acquitted ourselves really well against a top-four team.
"If we do that away from home, we've got every chance of getting a result."
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