The View of the Opposition: West Ham v Stoke
We provide analysis and best bets as the Hammers welcome Stoke to the London Stadium on Monday Night Football.
West Ham have returned to form at the perfect time, with their 1-1 draw at Chelsea last time out maintaining the momentum that was created by an emphatic 3-0 win over Southampton at the London Stadium two weeks ago.
That four-point haul has lifted the Hammers to 14th in the Premier League, six points clear of the relegation zone before the weekend – and their climb up the table should continue against Monday's opponents, Stoke.
Paul Lambert’s side find themselves second-bottom of the league, four points from safety after losing their last four fixtures.
They have failed to score in three of their last five, and are without a win of any sort since January – a sequence that currently extends to nine matches.
The Potters’ travelling record isn’t impressive, either. They have recorded just one away win this season – against Watford in October – and have lost 12 of their 18 matches on the road in all competitions.
Marko Arnautovic has been integral in West Ham’s resurgence, having netted twice against Southampton and provided the assist for Javier Hernandez’s equaliser at Chelsea.
Arnautovic has scored nine times in his last 14 Premier League appearances and will once again be the Hammers’ most likely goalscorer.
The 29-year-old relishes facing his former club, as shown when he netted against Stoke in the reverse fixture back in December.
West Ham to win -
Marko Arnautovic to score -
West Ham to keep a clean sheet -
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