Evening news round-up for Friday 04/11/16 by 337hammer.

West Ham v Stoke preview.

West Ham defender Winston Reid serves a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards, although a hamstring injury would have kept him out anyway. Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll should be fit after the international break. Stoke are without forward Marko Arnautovic, who serves a one-match ban for accumulating five bookings. Xherdan Shaqiri is a doubt after being withdrawn during Monday’s win over Swansea because of tight hamstrings, while Geoff Cameron is set to miss out. bbc.com

What would your team be for this game? What formation should we play? What is your score prediction for this game?

West Ham hand out bans and cancel season tickets of fans at London Stadium.

London Stadium bosses have started to dish out bans and revoke season tickets of West Ham fans identified engaging in ‘anti-social behaviour’ during last week’s EFL Cup win over Chelsea. Club and stadium chiefs have trawled CCTV footage to pick out offenders from the marred London derby and are now writing to supporters to inform them of their punishments. dailymail.co.uk

Slaven Bilic believes London Stadium is finally starting to feel like home.

Slaven Bilic says West Ham are finally starting to feel at home at the London Stadium. The Hammers’ last match at the former Olympic Stadium, the 2-1 EFL Cup win over Chelsea, was overshadowed by crowd trouble. But prior to those ugly scenes at the end, a thrilling London derby had been played out amid an atmosphere to rival that of their old Upton Park ground. independent.co.uk

Do you agree that we are now settling into the London stadium? Can we get another win against Stoke?

West Ham expect trouble-free match at London Stadium against Stoke.

West Ham co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan say “lessons have been learnt” following the recent crowd trouble at London Stadium, and confirmed a number of stringent security measures will be introduced against Stoke on Saturday. skysports.com

Have the lessons been learnt? Are we still learning? Shouldn’t preventative measures been taken before the season even started to ensure this kinds of problems didn’t occur? Was a lot of this avoidable or was it just not anticipated or foreseen?

Cresswell wants to build strong home record.

Aaron Cresswell has stressed the importance of getting another victory before the international break and building a strong home record this season. Following back-to-back wins at London Stadium against Sunderland and Chelsea, the Hammers fans will be hoping to make it third time lucky when they host Stoke on Saturday. whufc.com

Sir Trevor – We need that cutting edge.

Sir Trevor Brooking says West Ham United can beat Stoke City if they can match the intensity they showed in their memorable EFL Cup win over Chelsea. “It will be interesting to see what team Slaven picks. I thought Michail Antonio did particularly well up front against Chelsea, it’s also good to see that Diafra Sakho is coming back because I still think he was the best striker at the club when he was playing well.” “Andre Ayew is also back which is good and it’s just a case with him to see where he fits best in the team. We’re certainly playing better defensively but we just need that cutting edge up front.” whufc.com

Sir Trevor likes Sakho, does Bilic like him enough to forgive him and get him in the team? Who will start up front to give us that ‘cutting edge’ versus Stoke; Antonio, Ayew, Zaza, Calleri or Fletcher? Do any of our current strikers give us a cutting edge?

Andy Carroll calls in private security guard after striker escapes gun-point drama.

West Ham’s shaken striker Andy Carroll has beefed up his security following his gun-point drama escape on Wednesday. Carroll, who was threatened at gunpoint after being confronted at a junction by two motorcyclists, has hired a bodyguard following the dramatic episode. dailymail.co.uk