30 April, 2017
West Ham sit only a point below Stoke and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has been dealing with disquiet from his club's supporters all season.
"I've always said we have two really good goalkeepers and it's a blessing for us". "But we lacked a bit of spark, a bit of quality to make a good decision to do something".
Winston Reid and Jose Fonte will look to repeat the shut-down play they exhibited against Romelu Lukaku and Everton. The player you want has to be available and he has to choose you.
"West Ham" cannot win "Stoke" seven consecutive matches. We knew that if they came with that attitude, that set-up, then it would be hard to break them down. They will need to show the same level of effort and concentration if they are to return home with the three points.
"I did expect him to be back for this game, but he should be for the next game against Spurs". Put in this game offer for "pottery", which is quite nice to play at home.
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West Ham are eight points above the drop zone, though that margin could be trimmed to five again if Swansea win away to Manchester United on Sunday, and their manager, Slaven Bilic, is not prepared to declare safety as a certainty ahead of contests with Tottenham, Liverpool and Burnley. We are going to talk about the new season after this season.
Stoke and West Ham shared the spoils in a goalless draw as Jack Butland kept his first clean sheet since his return - and in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate. Whether there is enough interest to spark a bidding war remains to be seen, but it appears certain that the only 20-goal striker that never got a song is set to leave Anfield at the end of the season.
West Ham have won 38 points from 34 Premier League matches this season - it took them only 24 matches to win more points last season (39).
Manuel Lanzini also stood out in midfield, although he couldn't provide the cutting edge to get his team over the line, weighing in with two created chances and a whopping six successful dribbles.
The Potters are chasing an unprecedented fourth successive top-10 finish in the Premier League and sit only one point and one place off that with four games left.