Hammers have to be top four favourites


West Ham have to be favourites to finish fourth in the Premier League.

The Irons are currently fifth in the table but they are just a point behind Arsenal and a point ahead of Spurs.

The latter do have two games in hand but after their showings at the weekend, it’s got to be said that the Hammers surely hold the keys to Champions League qualification.

The Gunners took on Nottingham Forest, from the Championship, no less, in the third round of the FA Cup and were thoroughly and totally outplayed.

Forest won the game 1-0, thoroughly embarrassing Mikel Arteta’s side along the way, and ensuring that people remember that Arsenal have a very real habit of humiliating themselves in public.

By way of comparison, Spurs played Morecambe, from League One, and went into half-time 1-0 down.

They did go on to win the game 3-1 but only after bringing on both Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, who scored their second and third goals.

Spurs haven’t been brilliant in recent weeks, either, being outclassed by Chelsea in the EFL Cup and needing a 96th-minute winner to beat Watford.

The Irons, by comparison, beat Leeds comfortably at the weekend. That’s Leeds of the Premier League.

With games against Norwich and a repeat against Leeds looming this week, the Irons could well end the week in the driving seat for a fourth-placed finish.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.


  • lokfaen says:

    Not sure I would use the word favorites just yet… Spurs, and Arsenal especially, fielded weaker sides than we did. Same goes for Leeds, although more by nessecity than choise. 4-7th will be a battle between West Ham, Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United it seems, and it would be massive to beat all three. COYI

  • Clive says:

    Just think it’s great that we’ve been in the top four conversation for two years running. Will be happy if we finish top six again.

  • blimeylimey says:

    Favourites? West Ham?? ….Top 4??? Have you been on the leftover Xmas Sherry Dave?

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