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Top four dream still alive for West Ham

Sunderland’s recent 0-0 draw with Arsenal has given the Hammers some hope when it comes to a top four finish in the Premier League table this season which would provide the club with Champions League football for the 2016/17 campaign in the new Olympic Stadium.

With Manchester United in action in the FA Cup at Wembley, West Ham have had a weekend off so they were unable to build upon the three points they picked up earlier in the week against Watford at Upton Park. The 3-1 victory was very straightforward as first-half goals from Andy Carroll and Mark Noble but them into a commanding position early in the game, with Noble grabbing his second from the spot in the second half.

The Hammers are now seven points behind Arsenal who occupy fourth place, however, they do have a game in hand over the North London club. They can be backed at 33/1 in the Bet365 football betting at the time of writing to finish in the top four. If Slaven Bilic’s men can win all four of their remaining games, they will be in with a good chance of doing so, however, they do need to rely on results elsewhere if they are to catch Arsenal or Manchester City.

West Ham’s next two games are both at Upton Park against West Brom and Swansea, respectively. Those two clubs have secured their Premier League survival so have very little to play for in those games. Many of their players may have their sights set on the summer and their holidays, therefore it is a good time for the Hammers to play them.

Top four dream still alive for West Ham

Upton Park” (CC BY 2.0) by  geetarchurchy

The biggest tie of the four remaining games could be the one against Manchester United, also at the Boleyn Ground. It will be an emotional occasion as that will be their final game at the ground before the move to the Olympic Stadium in the summer. It could prove vital in that United are also in contention for a top-four spot. They will be buoyed by their win in the semi-final of the FA Cup but Louis van Gaal’s future may depend on whether they qualify for the Champions League next season or not.

West Ham’s final game of the season is away to Stoke. Taking on the Potters at the Britannia Stadium is never an easy task, however, Mark Hughes’ men have not been in great form as of late and can no longer qualify for Europe therefore the Hammers many have a lot more riding on the game.

Whether the Hammers make it into the top four, qualify for the Europa League or miss out on European football, it really has been a memorable campaign. Only Leicester and Tottenham have lost less games than West Ham this season. What may come to cost Bilic’s side is the number of draws which is currently at 12. If they could have been able to convert a couple of those draws into wins, they would be nicely placed going into the final few games of the campaign.

 

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