Picking the Best Potential West Ham United Lineup to Face Stoke City on Monday

​West Ham United have responded well following their chaotic defeat to ​Burnley at the London Stadium last month; putting three past Southampton and grabbing a draw on the road at Chelsea. 


However, their recent upturn in form has not secured Premier League survival just yet, although, one more win would all but guarantee the Hammers top-flight football again next year. 


In the way of that comfort on Monday evening is Mark Hughes' ​Stoke City, and ahead of the capital showdown, let's take a look at the Irons' best possible XI...

Goalkeeper

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​Amid a somewhat disappointing campaign, Joe Hart provided a scintillating display against ​Chelsea last weekend; playing a pivotal role in his side leaving Stamford Bridge with a point. 


The England international's showing may not have been enough to persuade Gareth Southgate into changing his mind for the number one spot ahead of the World Cup this summer, but it undoubtedly filled ​West Ham boss David Moyes with the confidence that he can still rely on his man. 

Defence

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  • Rice
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  • Ogbonna
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  • Cresswell
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  • Zabaleta
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​In defence, again, the flat back three of Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell, which were complemented via the wing-back support of Arthur Masuaku and Pablo Zabaleta last time out, partly showcased why the west Londoners deserve to retain their ​Premier League status next year. 


After a spell of conceding 11 goals in three games, the Hammers have assessed their weaknesses effectively and will be eyeing a clean sheet-worthy performance similar to that of ​Southampton's visit last month. 

Midfield

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  • Noble
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  • Fernandes
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​Although Manuel Lanzini is expected to be included in the Irons' squad as they prepare to face the Potters on Monday after returning from injury, the midfielder trio who posted and expertly disciplined display for the most part against the Blues last time out will likely remain Moyes' first choice. 

Forwards

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Up top could see a somewhat rare start for Javier Hernandez​ after the Mexican bagged his first goal in four showings against Chelsea to rescue a point. 


The 29-year-old's link up play with fellow attacker Marko Arnautovic is noticeably improving week by week, and as was shown last weekend, the duo can prove a danger to the opposition when alongside one another.