There won't be many goals, but I take both teams to score
Have West Ham been worthy of a top-six place (and top London club!) going into this weekend's Premier League programme?
Yes, I think they have. Their home form has been good, apart from the defeat to Arsenal, and they could have beaten Man City when they drew 0-0.
They have been steady away from home as well. In the past they have rolled over, but their only bad performance so far this season was at Swansea.
Who've been the main movers and shakers for the Hammers so far this season?
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It's been a team effort. I know that's a cliche, so if I had to pick individuals I would say the midfield three.
Mohamed Diame has been outstanding, Mark Noble has been class for years and Kevin Nolan is a very, very under-rated player who scores a massive amount of goals.
And there's also Andy Carroll. I know he hasn't scored since joining from Liverpool yet, but he has played well.
If long-ball is one end of the spectrum and the so-called West Ham Academy is the other, whereabouts would you place Sam Allardyce's team?
I would place it right in the middle. I say that because they are equally comfortable playing the long ball or a short passing game.
I remember Mark Noble playing a 50-yard diagonal ball in one great move against Man City, but was that a long ball or a long pass? If he'd been playing for Arsenal it would have been a long pass.
Has Allardyce been truly accepted now, or is there still an undercurrent against him because of his footballing reputation?
I think results dictate that, don't they? I remember last season there was talk of the fans not liking him and the way they were playing, but that was when they were drawing a lot of home games against teams they were expected to beat.
Whether he will ever be 100 per cent accepted is open to question because they do like their former players as managers here.
What will concern Allardyce most about Stoke City come Monday evening?
The fact that Stoke are difficult to beat. Outside the top four or five they are one of the most difficult to break down because they are so well set up and so well drilled.
I was at Chelsea earlier this season when they were lucky to beat Stoke late on.
What will also concern Sam is that because they are in the top six people will expect them to win, but he will know it will be one of the most difficult home games of the season.
With both teams boasting the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (five apiece), can we expect anything other than a goalless draw on Monday?
Yes. I'm surprised Stoke haven't scored more goals and I'm also surprised West Ham have kept five clean sheets. That's not being disrespectful to West Ham, but in the past they have been guilty of conceding sloppy goals.
I don't think it will be a goal fest finishing 5-4, but on the other hand I don't think it will 0-0 either.
And finally, what is the split among West Ham fans about whether they stay at Upton Park or move to the Olympic Stadium?
Most West Ham fans want to stay at Upton Park ... it's home.
I'm sure when Stoke moved to the Britannia Stadium most wanted to stay at the Victoria Ground.
Upton Park is special, even though it has changed and the atmosphere is a bit different because the stands aren't so close to the pitch.
I can see the club's argument for moving, but I've been going there 35 or 36 years and Upton Park will always be special.