Monday’s match at London Stadium between West Ham United and Stoke City is a massive one for both clubs.
A home victory will move David Moyes’ men nine points clear of the relegation zone with just five matches remaining, whilst Paul Lambert’s men are six points adrift of safety going into their final five fixtures.
West Ham have been remarkably consistent at home in recent months, losing just two of their last 10 league matches at London Stadium, and are chalked up as SportPesa’s even money (2.0) favourites.
The same firm go 49/20 (3.45) that both sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Stoke defeated Huddersfield Town in Lambert’s first match as manager back in January but have failed to win in any of their subsequent nine fixtures and they have been beaten in each of their last four outings.
Furthermore, the Potters have won just one of their last 15 matches in all competitions and are priced as a 3/1 (4.0) chance to bag a vital victory in east London.
The Hammers are hopeful that both Manuel Lanzini and James Collins will be fit to face the Potters, but this match may come too soon for Andy Carroll despite his return to training last week.
Both Saido Berahino and Jese Rodriguez are expected to be excluded from Stoke City’s squad after a breach of discipline last week.
Stoke struggling to score
Lambert’s side have scored just three goals in their last eight games away from home in this competition and SportPesa go 6/4 (2.50) that the Potters draw a blank in this one.
Similarly, West Ham have kept a clean sheet in five of their six league victories at London Stadium this term and are 21/10 (3.10) that Moyes’ men win to nil.
Preview and predictions
The Hammers have a decent home record and SportPesa’s even money (2.0) quote for the east Londoners is too good to miss.
A win against the desperately poor Potters would be a significant stride towards safety could represent good value for punters ahead of Monday’s match.
West Ham United to win at even money (2.0) for a 1pt stake with SportPesa