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The Slow and Steady Wins of West Ham in the Race for Respectability

David Moyes is doing a decent job at West Ham. Looking at the table after 21 matches, it is clear this is one of the brightest seasons for the Londoners. West Ham sit 5th on the league with 35 points, two points above Tottenham and Chelsea.

Forget the 1-3 home loss in the hands of Salah-led Liverpool, Moyes had his men win their last four Premier League matches, all coming in January. They beat Everton and Goodison Park, West Brom and Burnley at home, before beating fellow Londoners Crystal Palace away. There were two cup engagements in the middle, and the hammers came unscathed.

One would argue that only Liverpool presents a real challenge out of the five Premier League sides West Ham met in January. But then again, it is wins against these lowly sides that make the difference in the end. A tie against Everton at Merseyside is not a tie even Pep Guardiola would relish. Even Klopp’s Liverpool, and fellow Merseysiders, have failed to win at that ground for 3 seasons in a row. These are the exciting ties with Betway soccer betting where the fans play for the money and the fun.

“Part of a manager’s job is raising expectations at a football club but I am trying to keep things steady. I want to be ambitious and in and around the top.Those were Moyes’ words. “I want to grow the club steadily; we are doing brilliantly but we need to take it steadily.”

Task Ahead

After losing to champions Liverpool on Sunday, this season’s surprise package Aston Villa awaits at Villa Park, before another tricky away tie against Fulham three days later. There will be six matches in February alone, including a tough FA Cup fixture away to Manchester United. The Hammers cannot complain about fixture congestion, as every team is facing similar predicaments.

David Moyes does not boast the biggest squad to pull through all these assignments, but he has brilliantly managed his resources. At position five in the league, at the beginning of February is a reason to believe. Expecting a top-four finish from West Ham is a big ask, but Moyes will relish a Europa League place next season. Spurs, Chelsea, and Arsenal are all points off West Ham, but it will be interesting to see if the table ends like that. You can bet on all the remaining EPL matches with Betway for a chance to win huge rewards.

Side for the Future

Craig Dawson is still actively involved in West Ham, and so is Mark Noble, the oldest player in the camp. Noble plays mostly in cup engagements, so he won’t be too heavily relied on going into the final half of the season. Between Craig Dawson in defence, and Michail Antonio on the other side, Moyes has 6 players with an average age of 24. That means he is building something for the future. Said Benrahma’s loan move has been made permanent, and Jesse Lingard has joined from Manchester United. Frank Lampard is no longer at the helm at Chelsea, so it means they could be keeping Declan Rice.

Hammers fans have a reason to believe. They’ll be watching the run-in with belief, where the focus will be a top 6 finish—quite a respectable goal by the Hammers’ standards. As always, you can follow and bet on all the EPL matches with Betway, your leading sportsbook.