West Ham United’s hopes of being safe by Friday night went according to plan last night… but only just.
West Ham face Watford on Friday in what could effectively be a relegation play-off for the winner.
The Hammers needed Bournemouth to lose at Manchester City last night and Aston Villa to fail to beat Everton at Goodison this evening.
Safe by Friday target still on after narrow Bournemouth defeat
A victory over Watford on Friday would then effectively make West Ham safe with two games spare given their vastly superior goal difference.
Phase one went West Ham’s way when Bournemouth were beaten by a Manchester City “second string” 2-1 on Wednesday night.
But the Cherries were desperately unlucky not to take at least a draw from the Etihad as nervous Hammers fans watched on.
It is a case of one result down, two to go as West Ham wait to see if out of form Everton can avoid defeat at Goodison Park.
Do that and West Ham go into Friday’s game knowing a win will secure their Premier League status for next season.
West Ham hold breath as ‘unacceptable’ Everton host Villa
The big concern tonight is the attitude and approach of the Toffees.
Worryingly for West Ham Everton are already on their holidays.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were thumped 3-0 by Wolves on Sunday and have won just two of their last nine games.
As a result Everton remain 11th in the Premier League with no chance of a European spot but well clear of relegation.
After the defeat to Wolves, Everton boss Ancelotti labelled their performances ‘unacceptable’ (BBC Sport).
And Toffees skipper Seamus Coleman admitted the team had an attitude problem (Sky Sports).
Everton could hold West Ham’s fate in their hands if the Hammers don’t take care of their own business as they also play Bournemouth on the last day of the season.
West Ham have survival in their hands if Villa fail to win
West Ham fans will be hoping, though, that the alarming manner of the defeat to Wolves will act as smelling salts for Everton players fighting for their futures.
Everton star Coleman laid it on the line with his impassioned rant. He even warned Ancelotti won’t hesitate to get rid of players he does not deem good enough.
West Ham will just have to hope it sparks a response in Everton ahead of the game against Villa.
Defeat for the Hammers against Watford could be disastrous with Manchester United away after that.
West Ham do of course have good memories to call on of recent games against the Hornets.
The Hammers won 3-1 at Vicarage Road earlier this season and 4-1 in the last game of the 2018/19 campaign.