West Ham and Fulham are back in action in a London derby on Friday evening.
Manuel Pellegrini’s hosts have climbed to 10th in the Premier League after back-to-back 1-1 draws against Liverpool and Crystal Palace that snapped a run of three successive defeats.
Their opponents remain in dire straits and are quickly running out of time to haul themselves out of the deep relegation mire.
Consecutive losses to Palace and Manchester United have left Fulham rooted in 19th and eight points adrift of safety with only 12 matches remaining.
Manuel Lanzini could make his first appearance of the season when West Ham plays Fulham on Friday Night Football.
Lanzini is in contention after recovering from a torn ACL that ruled him out of last summer’s World Cup with Argentina.
There was concern that he might miss the entire Premier League season, but Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini expects him to make an impact on his return.
West Ham are winless in their last five matches in all competitions but appear to be safe from relegation as they have a nine-point gap over the bottom three.
Team News of West Ham vs Fulham
Manuel Lanzini could make his first appearance of the season on Friday after returning to full training following a ruptured anterior knee ligament suffered in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup.
Samir Nasri has failed to shake off a calf injury in time, but Fabian Balbuena is back in contention after his own knee complaint.
Jack Wilshere’s lingering ankle issue will be assessed again next week, while Carlos Sanchez,
Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko are not expected back this season.
Fulham remains without Alfie Mawson and Marcus Bettinelli (both knee), but January signings Lazar Markovic (fitness)
and Harvard Nordtveit (ankle) could both make their debuts, the latter against one of his former clubs.
Central midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is also available after remaining as an unused substitute during the 3-0 home defeat by Manchester United.
Score prediction: West Ham 2-0 Fulham
West Ham starting XI : Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Snodgrass, Nasri, Anderson; Arnautovic
Fulham starting XI: Rico; Christie, Odoi, Ream, Bryan; Chambers, Nordveit; Schurrle, Seri, Babel; Mitrovic
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £7.99.
Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
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The two sides have faced each other 21 times in the Premier League, with West Ham boasting 12 wins to Fulham’s four. There have been five draws.
In their last meeting at Craven Cottage in mid-December, goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio secured a 2-0 victory for the Hammers.