West Ham United are on track to match – and potentially even better – their record-breaking Farewell Boleyn season.
West Ham gave Upton Park a fitting send-off back in 2015/16.
Under Slaven Bilic the Hammers recorded their highest ever Premier League points total of 62 as they came seventh.
West Ham should and would have finished in the Champions League places were it not for a joint league highest 14 draws. In the end they were – excruciatingly – just four points off Man City in fourth.
Farewell Boleyn season vs 2020/21 so far
West Ham also finished that season with a positive goal difference, their first in a top flight campaign since 1986.
One of the perienniel problems for West Ham is matching their performances and results against the top sides with those against the so-called lesser clubs.
And the 2015/16 season was one of those rare campaigns where West Ham were able to do just that.
Five years on West Ham look really competitive for probably the first time since that season.
David Moyes’s side have negotiated one of the most difficult starts ever handed to a Prem side in fine style.
West Ham are ensconced in midtable having picked up 11 points from their opening eight games.
Hammers on track to match record-breaking campaign
Many Hammers fans have remarked that this season has a similar positive feel to 2015/16.
So how do the starts to both campaigns compare?
Well in actual fact very favourably for Moyes’s side.
After game week eight in the 2015/16 season West Ham were sixth in the table with 14 points and a +6 goal difference.
This time around they sit 12th on 11 points with a +4 goal difference.
In 2015/16 West Ham faced a similarly tough start but spread out more over the first 10 games.
Bilic’s Dimitri Payet inspired side faced top sides such as Arsenal, the would-be champions Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in their first 10 league games.
And they lost only one of those games against the better teams – Leicester – beating the other four top sides as well as Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
Focusing on the first eight matches in particular there was also a defeat to Bournemouth and two draws, against Norwich and Sunderland.
Moyes can set new record if West Ham avoid deluge of draws
Now, like in 2015/16, West Ham have – on paper at least – an easier run of fixtures after their tough opening schedule.
And it was during that run of games five years ago that West Ham drew far too many.
In the batch of 10 games after game week eight, West Ham won two, lost two and drew SIX.
West Ham only need to pick up 15 points from their next 10 games this season to match that memorable campaign.
And our realistic Hammers News prediction for the next SEVEN matches has West Ham getting 14 points from a possible 21 – read the full story here. So Moyes’s side would be well on track to match, if not better that campaign as we reach the halfway stage.
Our Hammers News prediction for the next seven would put West Ham on 25 points after 15 games, two more than the 23 they had acquired at the same stage in 2015/16 – which saw them in seventh spot.
Many football fans have made comparisons between this season and that fairytale 2015/16 campaign in which Leicester shocked the world with their Premier League title win.
West Ham fans will be hoping such forecasts prove correct.
And the Hammers can take a big step to emulating the Farewell Boleyn campaign by beating bottom club Sheffield United when the Prem resumes this weekend.