In their last home game, West Ham United claimed a crucial 3-0 win over Southampton. They will aim to make it two in a row at home when second-from-bottom Stoke City visit London Stadium on Monday.Following the win against Southampton, the Hammers picked up a creditable 1-1 draw at Chelsea, and they would fancy their chances against the Potters, who are on a poor run of form.
The Hammers sit in the 15th spot with 34 points, and they also have a game in hand on teams around them. The threat of relegation is not fully over, but a win on Monday would take them very close to survival.Meanwhile, for the Potters, it’s arguably the last chance to save their top-tier status. They have lost their last four games in the league, and they are without a win in their last nine. As things stand, the Potters are placed 19th with 27 points, and they are six points adrift of the safety.
Stoke have performed even worse on the road this season and have managed just one away win all season. Earlier in the season, the Hammers claimed a 3-0 win at Bet365 Stadium, and we are backing them to complete a double over their opponents.Time is running out for Stoke in the scrap to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The Potters sit five points away from safety ahead of the latest round of top-flight matches. That’s courtesy of their appalling goal difference of -33, which is worse than bottom-of-the-table West Brom on -26.It’s all going wrong for Stoke and I can’t see an end to a four-match losing run when they travel to West Ham on Monday night.
Paul Lambert’s squad is in complete disarray. On-loan forward Jese is reportedly AWOL after his latest spell of compassionate leave to visit his sick son in Spain, Saido Berahino has been sent to the under-23s after turning up late for a reserves game, Ibrahim Afellay has been told to stay away from the club because of his disruptive influence and Erik Pieters was fined for breaking a curfew before last month’s defeat at home to Everton.
Not a great indication of the discipline within Stoke’s ranks.The Potters have only won once in 15 games since Boxing Day so it’s hard to see them getting the minimum of three wins required from their final five matches to avoid the drop.West Ham have pulled away from the relegation zone on the back of a 3-0 win at home to Southampton and 1-1 draw on the road at Chelsea.
Those results followed on from the unrest from supporters during the 3-0 defeat against Burnley and it’s credit to David Moyes that he’s managed to avoid the hyperbole and get the Hammers out of trouble.West Ham now sit 14th and they’ve won four and drawn one of the five home games against the teams currently sitting below them in the standings.
Swansea, Huddersfield, Southampton and West Brom have all lost at the London Stadium this season and Crystal Palace picked up a 1-1 draw at the end of January.Former Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic is the main threat to his former club. The Austria international netted a double in the recent victory over Southampton.He’s 6/4 to net on Monday night but I’m happy just to take a slice of the Hammers to collect maximum points.
A home win is available at around even-money across the board and that’s well worth an interest.Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye are being backed to produce something close to another midfield masterclass to try and see Stoke through tonight’s game at West Ham.
The pair have played the last two games together in central midfield after a re-jig in formation to accommodate Xherdan Shaqiri’s switch inside and Moritz Bauer’s move to right midfield.The changes haven’t brought any points, but did bring decent performances against North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham ahead of a third successive fixture against capital opposition.
Quizzed ahead of the West Ham fixture (8pm) about Allen, a player he has previously lauded by saying he’d love to have 26 Joe Allens in his squad, manager Paul Lambert said: “I think him and Ndiaye against Spurs were outstanding, against (Mousa) Dembele and (Victor) Wanyama, going toe-to-toe with them and being more than a match for them.