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.

Lambert keen to end losing run

Stoke City boss Paul Lambert believes his side are playing well enough to go to West Ham United on Monday and claim all three points.

The Potters are entrenched in the relegation zone and have only five games to extricate themselves from trouble.

Lambert's side have lost their last four games, although they have all been tricky fixtures – against Manchester City, Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Lambert, who succeeded the axed Mark Hughes at the us Stadium three months ago, is convinced that his side have the ability to beat the Hammers, saying: "We have to come away with something and the intent is to go there and win. We will do everything we can to get the three points.

"If we keep playing the same way we have in the last few games then we certainly have a great chance of winning the game.

"We know a win on Monday would drag a few more teams into the equation towards the bottom and that's what we have got to do."

Marko Arnautovic moved from Stoke to West Ham last summer and is 11/8 to score at any time on Monday while the Potters can be backed at 3/1 to return from the capital with all three points.

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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Point edges Hammers closer to safety

Javier Hernandez edged West Ham a point closer to Premier League safety with a second half equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The former Manchester United hitman fired in from a Marko Arnautovic pass to score his sixth successive goal against the Blues as a substitute with virtually his first touch of the ball on 73 minutes.

Hernandez's strike came after Cesar Azpilicueta had put Chelsea ahead on 36 minutes as the hosts dominated for large spells and had two goals ruled out for offside, while Hammers keeper Joe Hart denied them on several occasions with some excellent saves.

The points leaves West Ham in 14th spot and six points clear of the relegation places with as many matches remaining and a massive home clash against 19th-placed Stoke City to come on Monday week.

Chelsea remain in fifth place but are 10 points adrift of Tottenham in fourth and look certain to miss out on Champions League qualification.

Afterwards, Hart said: "We looked dangerous in the second half. We did well in the first half apart from the goal which was really poor.

"We are strong. We had a good crowd following us in a difficult venue, they are the champions let's not forget. They created a lot but we stood strong.

"We are creating a good spirit in the team, we stick together and today was a good example of that. We are moving in the right direction but in this league you have a smile on your face one day and not the next.

"Stoke next Monday is our game of the season now."

West Ham, who are 25/1 to be relegated, are priced at 1/1 to pick up a vital win against Stoke in their next game at the London Stadium, while the Potters are priced at 11/4 and the draw is available at 12/5.

Chelsea duo in line to return

Antonio Conte has suggested that Thibaut Courtois and Pedro could return for Chelsea's London derby clash against West Ham this weekend.

Courtois has not featured for the 2016/17 Premier League winners since last month's 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League after which he suffered a hamstring injury in training.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper continues to be linked away from Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Pedro is in contention to face the Hammers after missing the 3-1 home loss to Tottenham on Sunday.

Conte said the pair "could" return to action this weekend but confirmed that injured duo David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu remain sidelined.

Former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, could be in the squad after coming through a development team game against Derby County last weekend.

Meanwhile, Conte has not given up on securing a top-four spot even through the Blues are eight points behind Tottenham.

The Italian said: "We have responsibility to fight for a Champions League place, and that we must show pride, desire and will. Now is not the time to complain or to cry."

Chelsea, 10/1 to clinch a top-four spot this season, are 4/5 to keep a clean sheet against West Ham United and 11/2 to beat David Moyes' side 2-0.

Antonio injury blow for Hammers

West Ham have been hit by the news Michail Antonio will miss the rest of the Premier League season because of a hamstring injury.

It's the latest injury blow to hamper the 28-year-old this season as rib and calf issues kept him sidelined for 16 games between October and February.

Antonio suffered his latest setback when attempting a shot at goal during Saturday's 3-0 win against Southampton at the London Stadium which eased the Hammers' relegation fears.

However, David Moyes' side are still within five points of the Saints, who occupy the final relegation place, and have work left to do in order to guarantee another season of Premier League football.

Therefore, the loss of Antonio for their remaining seven matches will be a big blow to the side's bid to achieve safety as quickly as possible.

The injury will also almost certainly end Antonio's hopes of forcing his way into England manager Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad in Russia this summer.

West Ham could be boosted by the return of Manuel Lanzini for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea after he picked up a knee injury playing in Argentina's recent 2-0 international friendly win against Italy.

The Hammers, who are 10/1 to be relegated this season, are 11/1 to win at Stamford Bridge, while Chelsea are available at 1/4 for the victory and the draw is priced at 9/2.

Hughes: Saints must do better

New Southampton boss Mark Hughes accepts that his side have to do much better if they are to escape the threat of relegation from the Premier League this season.

A 3-0 drubbing at West Ham left the Saints still inside the bottom three, two points adrift of Crystal Palace, with only seven games to play.

And Hughes, recently drafted in following the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino, admits that his players will have to show a big reaction to their dismal display at the London Stadium.

He told reporters: "Going in at 3-0 (at half-time), the game was over at that point.

"We were slightly better in the second half in terms of possession, but never really looked at any stage like we were going to get a foothold in the game.

"We've got to be a lot better. The group is honest enough – they'll look at themselves on an individual basis and collectively, and they need to come in on Monday ready to take things on the chin."

Meanwhile, striker Charlie Austin, just back from injury, also warned that he and his team-mates have to front up if there are to beat the drop.

He added: "It just wasn't good enough, we need to pull our finger out and do it sharp. There are seven games to go and we've given ourselves a mountain to climb.

"We've got win fast and get out of the hole we're in. We're fortunate that results are half going our way to keep everyone around it."

The Saints are now priced at 1/1 to be relegated this season, while they are 4/5 to escape the drop and preserve their top-flight status.

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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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Hughes hopeful on Austin

Mark Hughes has indicated that Charlie Austin could return to the Southampton side for this weekend's vital Premier League match against West Ham United.

Austin has missed Saints' last 19 matches in all competitions with a hamstring injury and has not played since the pre-Christmas draw with Huddersfield Town.

Southampton have struggled for goals in Austin's absence; he has scored six times in the Premier League this term despite only starting five matches and remains the club's top scorer. Manolo Gabbiadini is next with four goals.

This weekend's clash will be Hughes' first league match in charge of Southampton after he succeeded Mauricio Pellegrino earlier this month. The Welshman did guide Saints to victory in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at Wigan Athletic though.

Hughes said: "We're hopeful on Charlie Austin and he is keen to be involved against West Ham. It was a significant injury and he's done magnificently to recover.

"The second-half performance in the Cup game against Wigan was much improved. There is a level of anxiety surrounding West Ham but we have to just play to our potential and try and effect the atmosphere in our favour.

"This is a key game for both sides. At this end of the season you can damage your rivals' prospects while enhancing your own. This is a great club with some exceptional people and we've got the tools to get the job done in this eight weeks."

Southampton are 8/5 to beat the Hammers and 2/5 not to be relegated this season.