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Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Shrewsbury v West Ham preview: Joe Hart to return against former club

Shrewsbury v West Ham preview: Joe Hart to return against former club

West Ham have enjoyed a turbulent campaign so far this season, and now sit precariously in 15th position in the Premier League table, just two points clear of the drop zone.

After a spell of positive results, including the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Thursday, the Hammers will be hoping to avoid getting knocked out at this stage like they have in four of the six previous years.

"I thought Adrian made one brilliant save when he tipped it over the bar against Spurs and he has been playing well for us". "They are disappointed they didn't win it, but, in the end, I'm pleased with the recent results". "There were quite a lot of Scottish boys there at the time". "When I joined we were in what is now the Championship and Shrewsbury were doing OK then".

Michail Antonio (groin) faces a late fitness test but Reece Oxford (ankle), Marko Arnautovic (hamstring) and Diafra Sakho (knee) all remain sidelined.

The Hammers have risen to 15th place in the Barclays Premier League table, with David Moyes' side in amongst a host of sides hovering outside the relegation zone.

"That's the team (Tottenham) which beat Real Madrid 3-1, so we shouldn't be surprised we only had a few shots or be surprised at the way we played, and perhaps you shouldn't be surprised we took a point because we went close against Manchester City and we beat Chelsea and drew with Arsenal", added Moyes.

"I did play Shrewsbury in another cup competition a year ago and beat them", the manager was quick to say.

The FA Cup should represent a welcome distraction from the rigours of the Premier League for the east London outfit, and will be an opportunity to instil some much need confidence into the group.

Their next three Premier League assignments after the John Smith's are at home to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace and away to Brighton.

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