Stockport vs West Ham: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
West Ham United get their FA Cup campaign underway when they travel to National League side Stockport County on Monday night.
Stockport vs West Ham: Predictions
The final game of the FA Cup third round, West Ham’s trip to Stockport will come after both sides find out who their potential fourth and fifth-round opponents are, with the draw preceding the match.
Three-time FA Cup winners West Ham have not had the best of luck in the competition recently, reaching the final just once since their 1980 win, and that came in 2006 when they gave up a lead to lose to Liverpool on penalties. More recently, the Hammers have been knocked out at the fourth round for the past three seasons, all coming at the hands of lower league opposition.
However, they go into Monday’s game off the back of a good win over Everton on New Year’s Day, with a lot of time to recover and put their full efforts into the cup.
Their opponents, Stockport, are unbeaten in their past three games with a 2-0 win over Wrexham sandwiched by draws against Altrincham. Stockport’s run to the FA Cup third round has not been a straightforward one, as they lost in the fourth qualifying round against Chesterfield. However, Chesterfield fielded an ineligible player and the game was ordered to be replayed, with Stockport winning.
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Stockport vs West Ham: Match Stats
Although West Ham will be expected to ease through this tie, how much David Moyes opts to rotate could make things slightly more difficult for the Hammers. West Ham have been decent this season, but their six clean sheets in 17 Premier League games will give Stockport hope of breaching their net at least once.
According to reports, Sebastien Haller is close to a move to Ajax so it would be unlikely for him to play on Monday, whether he’s still at the club or has gone already. Although he hasn’t been the biggest of scorers, his goals will need to be replaced, and Jarrod Bowen can do that. The winger has four goals and two assists for the Hammers this season.
18 December 1996 – Stockport 2-1 West Ham – League Cup
27 November 1996 – West Ham 1-1 Stockport – League Cup
04 October 1972 – Stockport 2-1 West Ham – League Cup
25 January 1958 – West Ham 3-2 Stockport – FA Cup
22 January 1938 – West Ham 1-0 Stockport – Division Two
Monday’s game will be the 15th time Stockport and West Ham have faced off in competitive football, and the first this century. A large number of the matches came before World War Two, with Stockport having a positive record against West Ham, winning seven times to the Hammers’ four.
The last four meetings came in cup ties including the 1996 League Cup when a replay was needed to separate the two sides.