Arnautovic backed to shine

West Ham United boss David Moyes hopes Marko Arnautovic can produce another match-winning display against Stoke City on Monday.

The 28-year-old Austrian moved from the Potters to West Ham last summer and has shown flashes of his potential at times this season.

He struggled during the first few months of the campaign but improved once Moyes had replaced Slaven Bilic as Hammers boss, with one of his best displays coming in the 3-0 win at the us Stadium in December.

Arnautovic has scored nine goal in his last 14 appearances and was at his imperious best again recently when West Ham beat Southampton, who are now managed by his former Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

"Players like Marko need a little bit of leg room, maybe more than others, and I think we gave Marko his leg room but I want to make sure he knows he has got to do the job here," Moyes said.

"I don't think he will (slack off) now, because he knows what got the crowd from booing him to cheering him every week and becoming one of their heroes."

West Ham can be backed at 1/1 to beat Stoke City while Arnautovic is 13/10 to score at any time against his former team, who are 1/8 to be relegated this term.

Moyes targets two more wins

West Ham manager David Moyes thinks his side need two more wins to be absolutely certain of ensuring Premier League survival this season.

The Hammers are six points clear of the drop zone heading into the weekend action, but they can only watch on with interest until they play host to Stoke City on Monday evening, with the Potters currently occupying one of the relegation places.

However, Moyes is upbeat for the challenge ahead having seen his side defeat Southampton 3-0 and draw 1-1 at Chelsea in their last two games.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "We want to get ten wins. We've got eight, so we need two more. The magic number is 40 points.

"We don't have enough yet, but the performances we've put in the last two games have given everyone a real lift.

"If we can keep the form going, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't aim to go unbeaten until the end of the season. That should get us enough points to stay up."

The Irons are 1/1 to defeat Stoke on Monday, with the draw priced at 13/5 and a 2-0 win for the hosts available at 17/2.

Moyes hopes to have several key players back in contention for the game on Monday, with defender James Collins, playmaker Manuel Lanzini and striker Andy Carroll all potentially in contention.

He added: "Andy's in training. He's not played for 11 weeks, so we'll monitor him and see how he is. Getting Andy back will be a big plus for us, because we all know what he can do. Is he going to be ready? I'm not sure.

"Manu and James have both done some training. I'm hoping there is a good chance they will be involved on Monday."

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Moyes hails in-form Arnautovic

Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic is showing himself to be worth his £20million transfer fee, that is the view of West Ham manager David Moyes.

The 28-year-old scored twice as the Hammers secured a much-needed 3-0 Premier League win at home to fellow strugglers Southampton, with the victory moving the Londoners up to 14th place in the table and five points clear of the drop zone.

And Moyes was in no doubt as to who was the star of the show, with Arnautovic having taken his goal tally for the season into double figures.

"We think Marko is doing a terrific job," Moyes told reporters. "He's been great since he went up front.

"He missed a big chance before his first goal or he could easily have had a hat-trick, but that's Marko and he's capable of doing it and he's making a big difference. I thought his performance was great.

"I'm enjoying working with him because he is scoring goals and playing well and he's also shown the West Ham supporters and the club why they paid £20million for him from Stoke in the summer."

Meanwhile, Moyes was delighted to see his side put in a strong display in a game which he felt would have a big impact on the way the battle for survival pans out in the coming weeks.

He added: "It was a really big game for us, if we'd lost we could have slipped further down. We won't get carried away, but we've not dropped into the bottom three."

West Ham are now 10/1 to be relegated this season, with Southampton priced at 7/1 and Swansea City available at 6/1.

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Moyes ready to fight to the end

West Ham boss David Moyes expects the battle to escape the drop from the Premier League to possibly go all the way to the final day of the top-flight season.

The Hammers are two points outside the drop zone heading into the weekend action, when they play host to the side immediately below them in the table, Southampton.

And Moyes, whose side have lost their last three league games, is well aware of the importance of the clash with the visiting Saints, as well as having one eye on the overall picture heading into the crucial final few weeks of the campaign.

He told reporters: "I don't think there's anything between the bottom nine or ten clubs. I think it will go right to the end, to the last week or two of the season.

"I'm hoping we can pick up points from every team. We look at Southampton and Stoke as must-win games, which they are, but we look at the others as one we can pick up points from."

Meanwhile, Moyes also admitted that Argentinian playmaker Manuel Lanzini is a major doubt for the game at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon due to a knee injury.

Lanzini picked up the problem after scoring for his country in their 2-0 friendly win over Italy last Friday and missed the 6-1 thrashing in Spain on Tuesday as a result.

"We've got a problem with Lanzini, who took a knock and didn't play in the second game for Argentina," Moyes added.

"He's got a problem with his knee, so we're assessing it. He's done a good bit of running, so we're hoping he's got a chance."

The Irons are available at 19/10 to claim a victory on Saturday and are 15/2 to win the game 1-0, with Michail Antonio 3/1 to score at any time, having netted in two of his last three games.

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Moyes ready for decisive spell

David Moyes accepts that West Ham United's next two home games will go a long way to determining whether they will still be in the Premier League next season.

The Hammers host Burnley and Southampton later this month and Moyes knows that victories in those two games are crucial to their survival hopes after recent 4-1 losses at Liverpool and Swansea City left them only three points above the relegation zone.

West Ham were dreadful at the Liberty Stadium and they also suffered a major injury blow when Winston Reid had to be stretchered from the pitch after picking up what appeared to be a serious knee problem.

Moyes said: "The next two games could define the season. We've got games now that we know we can get something from. Before, I thought a point a game could get us to 40 points, as that was the old-fashioned figure, but we're now finding we need to do more than that.

"We're having to make sure we pick up points, but obviously the games are not easy against any of the teams, it doesn't matter who you are playing."

West Ham appeared to be heading for a mid-table finish when they lost only two out of 12 Premier League matches recently, but they are now in trouble again and can be backed at 5/1 to be relegated this term.

Moyes added: "The big thing for the players is that we're not reaching the standards we were six weeks ago. We're not reaching the energy levels, or the quality or making ourselves hard to beat – all the things we wanted to instil since we came in."

West Ham are available at 23/20 to beat Burnley on Saturday and 8/1 to beat the Clarets from behind.

Moyes reveals top-10 target

David Moyes is confident that West Ham can finish in the top half of the Premier League this season following Saturday's 2-0 win against Watford.

The former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss has enjoyed a good start to life at the London Stadium as the side were in the relegation places with just nine points from 11 matches when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November.

And, after goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic sealed victory against the Hornets, the Hammers have now put 21 points on the board in 16 games under Moyes.

The Londoners moved level on 30 points with their opponents, while 10th-placed Bournemouth are just a point better off ahead of their trip to Huddersfield on Sunday.

In a congested battle to avoid relegation the Hammers are still only five points clear of the bottom three, but Moyes is looking up.

He said: "When I took over we were in the relegation zone and I'd have said 'you're kidding' if you'd said we could get into the top 10.

"It's great credit to the players. We want to keep improving. There's not that big a points difference between 11th, 10th and ninth."

West Ham are 7/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League, while Watford are 2/1 and Bournemouth are available at 4/6.

Hernandez happy at Evra reunion

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez says that new signing Patrice Evra will be an asset for the club.

The 36-year-old has signed a contract at the London Stadium until the end of the season and reunited with Hernandez after the two played together for Manchester United for four years.

A free agent after leaving Marseille, Hernandez thinks Evra will prove to be an important addition to the Hammers squad.

He told Sky Sports: "We were very close at Manchester United. I'm very happy because he's going to be a very important character and person inside the dressing room and also on the pitch.

"You can see that from the way he's been since I've known him."

Evra did play under David Moyes during the manager's short time in charge at Old Trafford but was a key member of Alex Ferguson's team, winning the Premier League title five times before leaving to join Juventus in 2014.

Hernandez is sure that his long experience in the game will also prove useful, adding: "His fitness has always been at the top level.

"He's always been a top professional and always worked very hard.

"He's going to give us a boost inside the dressing room as well as out because he has two or three more years to give at a good level of football."

Evra has not played competitively since November but could make his Hammers debut when they play Watford at home on Saturday.

The Hammers are 6/4 for the win with the Hornets 21/10 and the draw priced at 23/10.

West Ham are 5/1 to finish the season in the top half of the Premier League table.

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Obiang adds to Moyes’ woes

West Ham United boss David Moyes will be without Pedro Obiang, who has had surgery to repair a medial knee ligament tear, for the rest of the season.

The Hammers slumped to a 3-1 loss at Brighton on Saturday and are also currently without key players Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll.

Spanish midfielder Obiang has been sidelined since being stretchered off the pitch during last month's FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Wigan Athletic.

Moyes has been criticised for his lack of action during January's transfer window but has said that he failed with a late move for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker.

"Before those injuries, we had planned to bring in two players and then, when the injuries occurred, we ideally wanted a third," he said. "That was our intention right up until the 11th hour on Wednesday but, in the event, we didn't quite manage it."

Meanwhile, Michail Antonio has urged the Hammers players to bounce back from the disappointment of the weekend loss to the Seagulls.

He said: "We all want to turn up for work and not have the hassle of people asking us what is going on but it is part and parcel of the game and we can't let that affect us, so we keep moving on.

"Before the Brighton game we had gone six games unbeaten in the Premier League. We don't think about relegation. With the players we have, we are not looking down, we are looking up to see where we can go."

West Ham, 7/1 to be relegated this season, can be backed at 13/10 to beat Watford this weekend.

Hugill keen to prove his worth

West Ham United boss David Moyes has returned to his former club Preston North End to sign the highly-rated striker Jordan Hugill.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-year contract with the Hammers.

He said after completing his move to the Premier League side: "I'm absolutely delighted!

"It's been a long day, but to get this over the line is amazing for me and it's now a new challenge for me and hopefully I can bring what I did at Preston here and show what I can do.

"It's amazing to know I'm a Premier League footballer, to know where I've come from in the last five years to where I am now in the Premier League is amazing."

Hugill played non-league football with Whitby Town and Marske United before signing for Port Vale at the age of 21 in 2013.

He enjoyed a successful loan spell with Gateshead before leaving Vale Park for Preston in the summer of 2014.

He has continued to progress at Deepdale and scored 13 goals last term before finding the net 10 times in 29 appearances in all competitions this season.

West Ham, who drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace on Tuesday, are 8/1 to be relegated this season and 13/5 to beat Brighton this weekend.

Wigan beat Hammers in FA Cup

Wigan Athletic have dumped West Ham out of the FA Cup, the Latics winning 2-0 at the DW Stadium.

The Hammers, who have improved under David Moyes, were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Arthur Masuaku was sent off.

By that time they were already one down with Will Grigg scoring for the League One side.

He doubled Wigan's lead from the penalty spot on 62 minutes and the 2013 winners, top of League One, are in the draw for the fifth round.

The Hammers have climbed out of relegation trouble and are 11th in the Premier League table but they are still only four points away from the bottom three in a congested bottom half of the table.

They are back in league action on Tuesday night with a home game against Crystal Palace, another side who have climbed the table in recent weeks.

They are 7/4 for the win with Roy Hodgson's side 31/20 and the draw is priced at 9/4.

The Hammers are 13/8 to finish the season in the top half of the table.

Wigan's star Grigg said to the BBC after beating the Hammers: "From start to finish we were brilliant, our quality really came out today, It was an enjoyable game to play in. There was only going to be one winner after the first goal went in."

League Two Notts County are also in the draw for the fifth round after they earned a replay against Premier League Swansea City.

Luciano Narsingh had given the Swans the lead at Meadow Lane just before half-time but veteran striker Jon Stead equalised midway through the second half.

Coventry City are the other League Two side definitely through after they beat MK Dons 1-0 away from home.

Southampton beat Watford 1-0 in an all-Premier League game and the other sides who won through to the fifth round include Leicester, Hull, Brighton and Sheffield United.

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