West Ham v Stoke: Relegation rivals meet on Monday Night Football
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Last Updated: 16/04/18 10:14pm
West Ham will be looking to take a big step towards Premier League survival when they face relegation rivals Stoke on Monday Night Football.
The Hammers have taken four points from their last two games to move six points clear of the relegation zone.
Stoke, meanwhile, are four points from safety heading into the weekend and will be aiming to avoid a fifth successive defeat.
While the situation might look bleak, Potters boss Paul Lambert saw some positive signs in the 2-1 loss to Tottenham last weekend.
"The atmosphere here last weekend was incredible," he said. "I've been in the game a long time and I've not seen that reaction to a team that's lost a game.
"The fans are with us which is the most important thing and if we can keep doing what we're doing, we'll certainly win games.
"As I said before, you need a little bit of Lady Luck on your side but performance-wise I'm really happy with the way the team's played."
West Ham face a tricky finish to the season as they face Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United in their last five games.
Stoke midfielder Maxim Choupo-Moting remains a doubt, having not featured since March 17 because of groin problem.
Fellow midfielder Charlie Adam serves the final match of his three-game suspension.
Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and James Collins could be added to the West Ham squad.
Carroll has been sidelined with an ankle fracture since December, Lanzini suffered a knee injury on international duty with Argentina and Collins has been out for a month with a hamstring problem.
Winston Reid, Sam Byram and Pedro Obiang remain long-term absentees.
The Potters are unbeaten in their last five league visits to face West Ham, though four of these have ended level (W1).
Stoke have scored fewer goals than any other Premier League side in 2018 (7), failing to score in six of their 12 games.
Javier Hernandez's first 11 Premier League appearances at West Ham were all starts, in which he scored four goals. Under David Moyes, he's started just five of his 14 appearances in the competition, adding another four goals (2 as starter, 2 as a sub).
The Potters have lost their last seven Premier League visits to London, conceding 26 goals while scoring just five in reply.
Stoke have lost just one of their last nine Premier League games against the Hammers (W3 D5), though it was in the reverse fixture back in December (0-3).
It's a cup final for Stoke, a game they have to win to have a chance of staying up. But I think they are going to lose and they are going to be in major trouble. Marko Arnautovic has looked good recently and could cause problems against his former side.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)