Allardyce hoping for favours
West Ham United,
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is after a favour from Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The Hammers' 1-1 draw at lowly Bristol City on Tuesday night left them five points behind second-placed Southampton with two games to play.
Victory for play-off hopefuls Boro at home to Saints on Saturday would give West Ham the chance to take the automatic promotion race down to the final day if they can beat Leicester the following Monday.
Southampton's final match is at home to relegation-threatened Coventry while the Hammers will host Hull.
"Although the chance of automatic promotion is not mathematically over it's going to be very difficult now," said Allardyce.
"We can only really look towards Middlesbrough beating Southampton on Saturday and us beating Leicester on Monday to take it to the big last game of the season at home to Hull City."