David Moyes faces an anxious wait to see where a fixture quirk leaves his side this week.
Fourth-placed West Ham narrowly lost to champions-elect Man City on Saturday lunchtime.
And now most of West Ham’s rivals for the European spots play THREE games before Moyes’s side next kick a ball at home to Leeds United a week tomorrow.
Nearly all of West Ham’s Euro rivals play THREE times before Hammers next kick a ball
Chelsea are one place and two points below West Ham.
But the Blues have nine points to play for before the Hammers face Leeds. Chelsea play Manchester United today before facing Liverpool and then Everton.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are currently five points behind West Ham. And they play Sheffield United this evening before facing Chelsea and Fulham.
Everton are five points behind Moyes’s side. Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees play Southampton on Monday night before facing West Brom and then Chelsea before West Ham play next.
Aston Villa – who gained ground on West Ham by beating Leeds on Saturday – play two games, against Sheffield United and Wolves.
Spurs could close nine-point gap against trio of strugglers
But perhaps most sickeningly is Tottenham’s fixtures. West Ham fans celebrated putting a nine point gap between them and their London rivals with last week’s win.
And that could be wiped out before the Hammers face Leeds with Spurs playing lowly trio Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace over the next seven days.
Optimistic West Ham fans will point to the fact there are a few games pitting their Euro rivals against one another.
Pessimists will have calculated the Hammers could find themselves ninth and under pressure before they kick-off against Leeds in eight days time.
West Ham just have to focus on themselves for the last 12 games and hope a brilliant season does not end up a damp squib.
Hammers could fall as low as ninth BUT win over Leeds should be enough to reclaim fourth
It looks likely West Ham will be just behind Chelsea and possibly Liverpool or Everton next time they play.
A disastrous set of results would push the Hammers behind Spurs and Villa too.
But victory over Leeds when the game comes around could be enough to reclaim fourth spot.
Fulham and Sheffield United will have a big say in West Ham’s standing over the next week.
So fingers crossed both find some form.