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Hammers Face Crucial Run-In Chasing European History

Hammers Face Crucial Run-In

The international break is nearly over, but for West Ham United fans, the real excitement begins now. The remainder of the Premier League and Europa League seasons promises a thrilling run-in for the Hammers.

West Ham has a jam-packed schedule with nine games remaining, kicking off on March 30th and wrapping up on April 27th. This intense period includes eight crucial Premier League fixtures, featuring high-profile home clashes against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.  Adding to the pressure, they’ll also face a two-legged Europa League quarter-final showdown against Bayer Leverkusen.

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Hammers face a crucial run-in which will test David Moyes to the full

The Hammers are chasing a historic double achievement.  First, they aim to secure a third consecutive European semi-final appearance, a feat that would solidify their European pedigree. Second, David Moyes’ squad has its sights set on securing European qualification for a remarkable fourth season in a row.  Their current seventh-place position in the Premier League standings puts them on track to achieve this, especially considering Liverpool’s recent Carabao Cup win.

Data experts Opta have offered their prediction for West Ham’s Premier League finish. They estimate the Hammers will earn 11 points from their remaining games, concluding the season with 55 points. This would likely land them in eighth place, just behind their upcoming opponent, Newcastle United.

8th could be good enogh

However, the good news for West Ham is that eighth place might still be enough to secure European football next season.  With England potentially receiving an additional Champions League spot, and depending on the FA Cup winner, European qualification could extend down to eighth or ninth in the Premier League.

While eighth might secure European football, West Ham should ideally strive for a seventh-place finish to guarantee Europa League qualification. But their ambitions might extend even further. Winning the Europa League offers a direct Champions League spot, a dream that undoubtedly motivates the club.

Opta’s broader Premier League predictions place Manchester City retaining their title, followed by Liverpool and Arsenal in second and third, respectively.

West Ham’s focus will be on their own destiny. Can they achieve European glory or secure a coveted top-seven finish in the Premier League? The upcoming weeks will be a defining test for David Moyes’ ambitious Hammers

 

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