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Murphy makes Hammers’ top four prediction

Danny Murphy believes West Ham will fall away in the race to finish in the top four.

The BBC pundit, who clearly hasn’t watched us much, believes that the battle for the Champions League qualification spots will go to the wire.

The Irons, after all, remained fourth after the weekend’s fixtures as Chelsea and Manchester United played out a bore draw.

There is a chasing pack of the Blues, Liverpool, Everton, and Spurs, with some clubs holding games in hand, and Murphy has predicted that the top four will end up with Leicester and the Reds in third and fourth, with Manchester City top and United second.

His logic appears to be built on the possibility of either Tomas Soucek or Declan Rice being injured at some point.

Although that is far from guaranteed!

Writing in his BBC Sport column, he said: “Ultimately, though, I have a feeling David Moyes’ side might fall a bit short, especially if they have to cope without Tomas Soucek or Declan Rice for any length of time.

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“Leicester already seem to be picking up more injuries, which is a worry. Now it looks like they will be without Harvey Barnes for a while, and he will be a big miss. It is going to be tough for them.

“Even so, I think it will either be the Foxes or Liverpool who make fourth place. Both of them have got far more experience of these kind of situations, when the pressure is really on, than Everton or the Hammers do.”

Neither Rice nor Soucek have missed significant periods this season so we have to say this sounds like Murphy is hoping rather than expecting the Hammers fall away.

Let’s hope not!

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About Dave Langton

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.

4 comments on “Murphy makes Hammers’ top four prediction

  1. We have some tough games in our next 10 fixtures. Although I hate to agree with Danny Murphy I think we will fall just short. The burden on Antonio to score most of our goals and the lack of a natural clinical goal scorer will be too much to overcome. We are creating chances but not converting as many as we should. We will still have a great season compared to last and in Moyes we have at last found a manager who can get the best out of our squad. So the future looks bright. COYI

    • Whatever the final standings it’s great and unexpected that we are in the mix for a top four place. Could be to our advantage as entirely unexpected so not under the same pressure as the so called big teams who see it as a given to be in top four. Would be nice to rain on their parade but such a shame we cannot be in the stadium to show our appreciation!

  2. I respect others opinions , I think Murphy is basing his decision on out next 4-5 matches. Sure we have a tough run in but think back we had a tough start and did ok so why not again . The other thing is we’are not under pressure as no one expects we can do it but I think the players do and so do I .I know they will go out and give it there all , come on lads , good luck . COYI ⚒

  3. I agree with his assessment regading our final placing but expect Chelsea will be up there rather than Leicester. I’ll be very happy if we finish higher than Everton and Villa. I don’t think we have the squad depth yet to mount a European campaign and it would damage our Prem chances next season. Better to consolidate a position 6th – 8th, add some quality in the Summer and go again.

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