Premier League: Key Marko

The Premier League continues tonight, with West Ham hosting Stoke in a crucial relegation battle.

The Hammers come into this game on the back of morale-boosting draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend. But although they stand six points above the relegation zone, they will be well aware that their five fixtures after this are against teams in the top half of the table.

West Ham will have fond memories of the reverse fixture in December, when they ended an eight game winless streak with a 3-0 away victory.

Stoke will be desperate to win – they are six points off safety with only five games to play, including this one. However, they have had real difficulties in scoring, just seven league goals in 2018, while conceding the most this season. Never a good combination!

We think West Ham will have too much for the visitors tonight, and look for Marko Arnautovic to be keen to show his former club what they are missing. The Austrian star has been involved in 13 goals this season (nine goals and four assists), five more than any other West Ham player, and we take him to be named man of the match.

Recommendation: Arnautovic to win man of the match award, 1 pt, at 5/1, William HillĀ 

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