The pressure on Slaven Bilic's head may have lifted thanks for a three-game unbeaten streak, but one win in 10 games is still no record to conclude the campaign on.
The Potters have fared even worse in recent weeks with five defeats in their previous six but with ninth-placed Southampton only banking 40 points thus far, a pride-boosting top-10 finish is within reach.
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Stoke City host West Ham at the bet365 Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, April 29.
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Jon Walters is a doubt for Stoke as he continues to struggle with a knee problem. The forward missed last weekend's defeat by Swansea and has not been able to train much this week.
Jack Butland will keep his place in goal after making his return from 13 months out with ankle problems at Swansea.
Provisional squad: Grant, Butland, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Johnson, Pieters, Bardsley, Muniesa, Cameron, Whelan, Adam, Imbula, Allen, Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Sobhi, Walters, Crouch, Berahino, Diouf, Bony.
Andy Carroll is still ruled out for West Ham with a groin injury. Slaven Bilic also has doubts over Cheikhou Kouyate, Winston Reid, Arthur Masuaku and Diafra Sakho following last weekend's goalless draw with Everton.
But skipper Mark Noble and right-back Sam Byram return to the squad after suspension, while wingers Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli should be fit.
Provisional squad: Adrian, Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Reid, Collins, Cresswell, Masuaku, Noble, Kouyate, Fernandes, Nordtveit, Rice, Makasi, Snodgrass, Feghouli, Lanzini, Ayew, Fletcher, Calleri, Sakho, Holland.
Stoke City starting XI: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Shaqiri, Cameron, Allen, Arnautovic; Crouch, Berahino
West Ham starting XI: Adrian; Fonte, Byram, Reid, Collins, Masuaku; Kouyate, Noble; Snodgrass; Ayew, Sakho
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- Stoke City to win: 24/25
- West Ham to win: 3/1
- Draw: 5/2
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