West Ham`s advantage in relegation battle


With just eight full rounds of Premier League football left this season, things are looking decidedly twitchy at the wrong end of the table.

We, do however, have an advantage over the rest of the bottom nine. Currently sitting in 15th and three points clear of the relegation zone we are mathematically guaranteed not to lose any player due to a yellow card suspension in the league this term.

Hammers captain Declan Rice is West Ham’s most-booked player in the Premier League this season, getting his fifth card on Saturday during the 1-0 win over Fulham.

As things stand, players receive a two-match suspension if they accumulate ten yellow cards before the end of their 32nd game.

Rice, should he get booked against Arsenal, Bournemouth and Liverpool in West Ham’s next three games, would only reach eight.

After that, players receive a three-match ban if they reach 15 bookings. With only nine league matches, even if Rice got booked in all eight remaining games, he could only reach 14 bookings.

West Ham have received the joint-fewest bookings this season alongside Manchester City, getting just 36 from their 29 league games, averaging just 1.24 per league match. However, unlike Man City, we are yet to have been handed a red card.

The only suspension West Ham have been handed this term came in the Europa Conference League, with midfielder Flynn Downes missing the second leg of their round of 16 win over AEK Larnaca.

Manager David Moyes, captain Rice and left-back Aaron Cresswell have also had to sit on the naughty step in Europe this term, although that was carried over from last season’s Europa League.

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