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West Ham United: Hammers bid to extend lead over bottom three with victory at home to Stoke City

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 April 2018

West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart (left) and Declan Rice celebrate after the final whistle at Chelsea (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart (left) and Declan Rice celebrate after the final whistle at Chelsea (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

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David Moyes’ men face arguably their biggest game of season so far at home to Potters

West Ham United manager David Moyes (second left) and Javier Hernandez (second right) after the final whistle at Chelsea (pic: Nick Potts/PA)West Ham United manager David Moyes (second left) and Javier Hernandez (second right) after the final whistle at Chelsea (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

West Ham United will look to take another huge stride towards Premier League survival with a win at home to Stoke City on Monday.

The Hammers entertain the Potters with a six-point lead over the bottom three heading into the weekend.

If results go their way, a win against Paul Lambert’s men could see the east Londoners nine points clear when they come off the pitch on Monday night.

With the games ticking by, a nine-point lead would be a massive advantage at this stage of the season.

Even the six-point lead West Ham currently enjoy seems nice enough, but boss David Moyes knows his side can ill-afford to rest on their laurels.

“The six-point gap is not comfortable enough. If I was down there then I know I would be wishing I had got what they’ve got. From where we are, I want to try and push on,” said the Scot after the draw at Chelsea on Sunday.

“We’ve picked up four points from two games. After the situation against Burnley, the club and the team have done a brilliant job, and the supporters were outstanding at Chelsea.

“I think they will be pleased with the performance of the team and getting something out of the game.”

The clash with Stoke certainly looks set to be West Ham’s biggest game of the season so far with so much riding on it.

The Hammers will hope for another stellar display between the sticks from Joe Hart after he was named man of the match in the draw at Chelsea.

And Moyes is aware of how good a keeper the England international is when he is at the top of his game.

“We have got some big teams to come and we are going to need the goalkeeper to play well in the games. These teams are very good with top strikers,” he added.

The big teams Moyes aludes to include Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, with West Ham still have to face those sides before the season is out.

Before all that, though, comes the clash with Stoke, where West Ham will look to take themselves to the verge of securing Premier League safety.

A Marko Arnautovic-inspired Hammers triumphed 3-0 at the Potters in December and another similar result on Monday would not go amiss.

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