West Ham United have managed to beat every big money club in the English Premier League this season, but stayed out of limelight compared to the likes of Watford and Leicester City.
The Hammers are lurking in the top half of the table in a closely contested league this season and are currently sixth in the table six points clear off fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Their prospect of finishing inside top four maybe far from achievable this season despite their terrific form against the Premier League big guns as they hardly found their rhythm coming against the sides in the bottom half of the table.
The indifferent form has already cost Slaven Bilic’s side the possibility of playing Champions League next season, even though the spot is still at a touching distance.
West Ham United have lost only five matches so far this season, joint third in the league alongside Arsenal and Manchester City. But they have a high proportion of nine draws, two less than the last placed Everton in that department.
“Giant Killers” : Unbeaten against Top Sides this Season
The team has enjoyed great success when coming against the pre-season heavyweights like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and City. They are yet to loss a match against these teams and has grabbed 17 points out of a possible 21. The results also shows it doesn’t matter where you play, home or away West Ham are extremely motivated and pumped up when facing teams that miles ahead of their class.
At the same time 23 matches into the league at this point, the rest of their points came from 16 matches this season and that is a very disappointing 19 from 48.
This also indicated that they were capable of displacing anyone in the top four but couldn’t capitalize on the slip of other team’s poor showing in the league.
Paying the Price for a Drab Run in December
From the last week of October to December, they went on without a win in 8 matches, there were 6 draws and 2 losses during that period. And that’s when the team lost the momentum, much of which is due to Payet’s injury.
But since then they have looked to found their feet in the league and managed to win three in a row before losing to Newcastle followed by an unlucky draw against City in front of their home crowd.
Focus on a Strong Finish to the Season
West Ham’s season has many positives which make their fans very proud. The man at the top Slaven Bilic could take credit for the good work he has done so far at the Upton Park. And it is also notable that he had created a team which doesn’t depend on individuals.
But Dimitri Payet is certainly a key member of the squad and will his performance will be an important factor that determines where they finish at the end of the season. His influence in the squad without a doubt makes him a proven match winner and the price West Ham paid for his transfer earlier this summer makes him one of the best buys this season.
West Ham can Expect the Unexpected
There are 15 more matches to go in the league this season and the side’s progress in FA cup depends on their match against Liverpool later this month. The team looks like they have the momentum on their side at the moment and it’s important for them to carry this on till the end of the season.
A top four finish is a hard ask, but certainly the odds are set for West Ham United to comfortably finish ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. Nonetheless, this could be a wonderful achievement for a team who finished 12th in the last edition of English Premier League.