Stoke City Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 16 Apr 2018 14:37:00
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David Moyes will be looking to stretch his positive run of results in Stratford, having only lost two home games during his tenure at West Ham United when Stoke City visit tonight.

Having picked up a valuable point at Chelsea eight days ago, the Hammers will want to maintain their move away from the relegation zone.

After the weekend's results, the home side have slipped to fifteenth in the table so they will be looking to claim another vital victory ahead of difficult games against Arsenal and Manchester City.

The Irons have the chance to do the double over the Potters after they earnt their first away victory of the campaign at The bet 365 Stadium with a 3-0 win back in December when the hosts were under the stewardship of Mark Hughes.

Now, under the guidance of new boss Paul Lambert, the visitors will be desperate to extend their run of good form at West Ham, as they are unbeaten in East London in five previous visits.

Having said that, Lambert's men are marooned in the relegation zone having not picked up a single point since February, so the home faithful would expect their team to pull themselves further clear of trouble.

Manuel Lanzini had recovered from the knee injury picked up while away with Argentina in time for the trip to West London last time out but having had a further full week of training, he should be fit enough to feature along with James Collins who is available again following a hamstring injury.

Andy Carroll hasn't played since scoring both goals as the Hammers came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion in their first game of 2018 but the striker is back in contention and could feature here.

If Moyes decides to throw the trio straight back into the squad, then Declan Rice and either Edimilson Fernandes or João Mário could drop to the bench. The Scotsman also has a selection headache up front, as Javier Hernández will want to build on his equaliser at Stamford Bridge by earning a start here but Jordan Hugill is also waiting for his full debut since making the move from Preston North End in January.

It is as yet unknown whether Aaron Cresswell has recovered from the injury he picked up against the Blues but if he doesn't make it, then either Patrice Evra or Arthur Masuaku will take his place with the other switching positions.

Tonight's match kicks off at 8pm and for the second consecutive week, the game will be televised by Sky Sports with coverage beginning at 7pm. The referee is Michael Oliver.

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