Sunday 15 Apr
Updated Sunday 15 Apr 20:31

Betway Insider's View of the Opposition: Stoke City

West Ham United 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 lifted the Hammers to 14th in the Premier League prior to the weekend, six points clear of the relegation zone – and their climb up the table should continue against Monday's opponents, Stoke City.

Paul Lambert’s side find themselves second-bottom of the league 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 28-year-old relishes facing his former club, as shown when he netted against Stoke in the reverse fixture back in December.

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