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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is preparing his side for a tough battle when they welcome Stoke to Upton Park on Monday night, despite the fact that the Hammers currently sit seven places above their visitors in the Premiership table. Allardyce believes that it is only a matter of time before Stoke starting picking up points and is not fooled by their lowly fourteenth placing.Stoke are managed by Tony Pulis and many have drawn comparisons between the style of the two sides, something that Allardyce has been keen to refute. West Ham have often been admired for their free-flowing attacking style but “Big Sam” has adopted a far more defensive approach to the game. It may not always be pretty to watch, but the results speak for themselves with his newly promoted side doing much better than Southampton and Reading who accompanied them from the Championship this summer.Allardyce is happy to acknowledge that both he and Pulis are working on a restricted budget compared to the big teams but in...
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