Carroll's last minute equaliser puts Stoke on brink of relegation


Four of last six league meetings between these two sides have ended in draws. Seventh-placed Burnley are nine points clear of Leicester in eighth.

Thus it is in everyone's interest, except those teams actually involved in it, to keep the relegation scrap going until the bitter end.

West Ham United are set to show Jordan Hugill the exit door this summer after a short stint with the club and fans are utterly bewildered by the news.

So if you are of the belief that Moyes' men can get the better of another lowly, out of form side at the London Stadium, then surely the percentage call is to back a West Ham Win to Nil at 9/4 on the Sportsbook. A win tonight will take Stoke within an achievable four points of their opponents and within three of the Swans, and the fight will be on.

Away from home the Potters haven't tasted success since October 2017, failing to win any of their last 12 matches on the road in all competitions. There has been just one win of any sort, in any competition, in a dismal run since Christmas.

- Peter Crouch is now on 16 sub goals in the Premier League (level with Javier Hernandez); only four players have more (Defoe 24, Giroud 19, Kanu 17 and Solskjaer 17). Over their last 10 games, Stoke have picked up seven points.

He told Sky Sports Main Event: "We had five minutes left (when Carroll scored) and it would have been a vital win for us, but coming here and getting the draw is still a good result".

Butland didn't know much about Arnautovic's angled shot that struck the Stoke keeper in the face on 36 minutes after Pablo Zabaleta had kept the ball in play on the right, and Arthur Masuaku flashed a long-range effort wide of the right post moments later.

"For the team, for us, at the time it was hard because it meant we had to go and look to change after we had been the dominant team, apart from the first five or 10 minutes of the second half".

Following a disastrous game at home to Burnley - on and off the pitch - West Ham have bounced back in fine style, thrashing fellow relegation candidates Southampton 3-0 at the London Stadium before drawing with champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham: Arsenal (away); Manchester City (home); Leicester (away); Manchester United (home); Everton (home).