Mark Lawrenson admits he was wrong about West Ham, predicts result against Stoke

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Mark Lawrenson thinks Stoke City will draw 1-1 with West Ham United today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Stoke City and West Ham United will draw 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

Stoke head into the game in dire form, picking up just two points in the last four games as Mark Hughes' men end the season on a low.

The Potters will be hoping for another stunning final day though, as they ended last season with a 6-1 home win over Liverpool - but few will be backing them to thrash West Ham this afternoon.

Slaven Bilic's men beat Manchester United 3-2 in their final ever game at Upton Park on Wednesday evening, in what was an emotional, dramatic and draining encounter for fans and players.

Now though, they must focus once again and secure a place in the Europa League, as defeat could open the door for Southampton to leapfrog them into sixth place.

Ahead of this afternoon's clash, pundit Mark Lawrenson has admitted to BBC Sport that he has been wrong about West Ham all season, having regularly tipped them to lose, and did admit that the Hammers were great against United on Tuesday.

Lawrenson added that he can't see Stoke losing on the final day, and predicted a 1-1 draw between the two teams at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

"West Ham were great again in Tuesday's win over Manchester United, as they have been all season," said Lawrenson. "Along with Leicester, they are the team I have been most wrong about in terms of their league position compared with where they would be based on my predicted results. I have been given some stick for that, obviously, because the Hammers have had an outstanding campaign."

"Stoke, meanwhile, have capitulated in the past few weeks, which might give their manager Mark Hughes something to think about over the summer. But I do not see the Potters losing at home again, especially because they did not play while West Ham had that emotionally draining final game at Upton Park," he added.

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