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Martin Tyler delivers verdict on West Ham and says history suggests two very different outcomes for Manuel Pellegrini
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Martin Tyler delivers verdict on West Ham and says history suggests two very different outcomes for Manuel Pellegrini

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Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler says things could go one of two ways for Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham United.

West Ham have lost their first four Premier League games under the Chilean.

A chorus of boos rained down on the Hammers as they lost 1-0 to Wolves last time out.

That saw Pellegrini’s side go into the two-week international break bottom of the fledgling table with zero points.

The torrid start has fans worried about relegation.

And pundits are suddenly abandoning their pre-season predictions that the Hammers would do well, tipping them for the drop.

Of course there is good reason to be worried.

West Ham are the only team in the fiercely competitive top flight to have zero points.

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Tyler stats point to very different outcomes for Pellegrini

They also have a daunting run of fixtures which includes Everton away and Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at home in the next five.

Pellegrini’s plight has seen supporters and pundits trotting out various statistics from years gone by as evidence of the struggle ahead.

Now legendary Sky Sports commentator and statistician Martin Tyler has entered the debate.

Speaking in his own column, Tyler revealed the history books suggest things could go one of two very different ways for the Hammers.

“Before this season we have seen 10 teams open a Premier League season with four or more straight defeats and, surprisingly, more than half of them have stayed up,” Tyler reassured West Ham fans on Sky Sports.

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West Ham have history, remember 2010/11

“You may remember Crystal Palace and Bournemouth last season, who both lost their first four but went on to finish 11th and 12th. In fact, Palace managed to stay up even though they lost their first seven games without scoring a goal!

“There are four other teams who were still pointless after four games and stayed in the Premier League: Southampton (2012/13), Middlesbrough (2001/02), Southampton (1998/99) and Aston Villa (1997/98). In fact, Villa finished seventh that season!

“However, West Ham themselves lost their opening four games once before – in 2010/11 – and they were relegated that season, finishing bottom of the table.

“The other three teams to go down after losing their first four are Swindon (1993/94), Sunderland (2005/06) and Portsmouth (2009/10). They all finished bottom of the league, too.

“So the stats suggest West Ham will either finish bottom or stay up!”