Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has revealed his latest set of Premier League predictions for the upcoming fixtures this weekend, and he believes that West Ham United’s impressive week will end on a low with defeat to fellow strugglers Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
The Potters are just three places and two points above the relegation zone following a torrid run of form, with Mark Hughes’ men losing four of their last five top flight matches.
City were beaten 5-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend, and they followed that up with a narrow 1-0 defeat to the division’s surprise package Burnley on Tuesday night.
Hughes is coming under huge scrutiny from the club’s supporters right now, and he will be desperate to pick up the three points against one of the five teams below them in the table.
Three defeats from David Moyes’ first four matches in charge of West Ham was hardly the ideal start to his managerial career at the London Stadium, but the Scot has shown that he is starting to make a difference following two good performances and successful results.
Firstly, the Irons secured a 1-0 victory against the Premier League holders Chelsea at home last weekend, before they followed that up with a goalless draw on their own patch against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Despite enjoying such a positive week they are still 19th in the standings, and Merson believes the visitors will come unstuck when they travel to Staffordshire this weekend.
The 49-year-old told Sky Sports: “What a week for West Ham, phenomenal. Just got beaten by Manchester City, beat Chelsea, draw with Arsenal, and don’t let in a goal in the last two games. Who would have thought that would happen in a month of Sundays? I saw them at Everton a few weeks ago and they got smashed.
“But Stoke need to win this game and I don’t like going against them at home. Their form recently has not been good but this is a must-win game. Mark Hughes will be under even more pressure from the fans if they don’t win.”
If Merson proves to be right with his prediction, West Ham will be in deep trouble ahead of the busy festive period.
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