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The eight games after Qata – a points forecast

West Ham’s next eight games will tell us all we need to know about the manager should he still be in place and a squad which is regularly explaining that we are too good to be in this position.

As a Hammer coming up to his 60th year supporting this club I remember hearing those words on many occasions even during the years when Mooro, Hurst, Martin and Budgie Byrne were involved.

At times escaping the drop looked impossible but somehow we managed it on a number of occasions and to be frank things don’t look as bad in 20/23 as they sometimes did back then.

Yes, there is cause to worry and the next eight games will tell us everything as the PL returns after the event in Qata.

We meet Arsenal away – a cause for anxiety and there’s no reason to feel confident about Brentford’s visit to the London Stadium following that,

Leeds and Wolves away won’t be easy although four points would be my bet with another three from the Everton game immediately afterwards.

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However, then comes Newcastle away, Chelsea at home and Spurs away all -which unless the manager has really sorted things – look as tough as it gets.

I believe a points tally of seven looks favourite  but despite often being described as a prophet of doom I really hope I’m wrong.

So what do you guys and gals think?

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

6 comments on “The eight games after Qata – a points forecast

  1. Arsenal (A) Loss : Brentford (H) Draw: Leeds (A) Draw : Wolves (A) Draw : Everton (H) Win : Newcastle (A) Loss : Chelsea (H) Draw : Spurs (A) Loss. So I agree 7 points and if we carry on with the current game plan I fear that’s optimistic.If Moyes was going to go before the World Cup that would have already happened so everything firmly crossed that we can’t carry on being THAT BAD!!

  2. Arsenal: Draw
    Brentford: Win
    Leeds: Loss
    Wolves: Loss
    Everton: Draw
    Newcastle: Draw
    Chelsea: Loss
    Spurs: Loss

    I think by the time the last two come around they’ll be stronger. I like the look of Leeds right now and Wolves have a new (and proven) manager who, by the time we play them, will have imbibed his methods. This, of course, is based on our current form, but maybe Moyes will be able to use this break to restrategise and have us looking a lot stronger. Plus, Cornet should be back and i rate him highly

  3. You are the only journo that I’ve seen spelling Qatar as Qata!
    Is it a deliberate typo as part of a protest against the staging of the World Cup? Or, is there a random problem with the ‘r’ key on your keyboard?

  4. There’s no point in trying to predict the next eight games, because no one can. There’s 23 of them to play this season and with enough talent at the club to finish between 7th and 9th. By the time we next play in Europe we could have reached the FA Cup Quarter finals. Let’s look forward to 2013 with faith and positivity, eh? Oh …..and David Moyes is still an excellent manager.

  5. We need to take one game at a time. Beat Arsenal and it could truly kickstart our season on to a higher level. For Moyes and the boys sake I just hope if we lose we don’t lose badly but it’s another one of them where we didn’t deserve to lose, which to be fair, I think we’ve had a few of earlier in the season. I still believe we’ve been unlucky.

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