West Ham are officially the best side in the Europa League according to astonishing statistics published after the club qualified for the last 16.

If Simon Jordan didn’t think West Ham were massive before, he will now!

David Moyes’s side cruised into the last 16 knockout stages of the Europa League by topping Group H with a 2-0 win against Rapid Wien.

It means West Ham effectively have a four-month rest from European competition.

Rapid Wien v West Ham United: Group H - UEFA Europa League
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And when the Europa League resumes in March, the Hammers will be just three ties from the final.

There will be some strong teams in the mix but West Ham should fear nobody.

Because according to astonishing statistics published by Opta after game week five of the Europa League, West Ham are officially the best of all the 32 teams in the competition.

KRC Genk v West Ham United: Group H - UEFA Europa League
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Lyon may have the best record with five wins out of five while Bayer Leverkusen have matched West Ham’s four wins and a draw.

But across all 32 teams in the UEFA Europa League this season, no side have kept more clean sheets than West Ham’s four.

No side has conceded fewer goals than West Ham’s two – which came in the 2-2 draw at Genk.

Rapid Wien v West Ham United: Group H - UEFA Europa League
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No side allowed fewer shots on target against them than West Ham (11) or have a lower expected goals against total (4.5 in five games) than West Ham.

All good teams are built on being solid and hard to beat. In European knockout matches – especially away from home – that is a key quality.

West Ham have the third best goal difference overall too with plus nine, behind Leverkusen (+10) and Lyon (+11).

West Ham are into the hat for the Europa League last 16 draw

These amazing stats seriously bode well for West Ham heading into the exciting last 16 towards the end of the season.

No side is going to want to play West Ham over two legs.

And the Hammers have already showed they are not a team to be messed with in knockout competition having beaten Man United and Man City in the Carabao Cup.

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