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West Ham slip behind Farewell Boleyn season on goal difference as eerie similarities continue
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West Ham slip behind Farewell Boleyn season on goal difference as eerie similarities continue

The similarities between the season West Ham United are currently enjoying and back in 2015/16 are bordering on eerie.

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Much has been made of the fact West Ham are on course for their best season for 35 years.

But the 3-3 draw with Arsenal last time out means the Hammers now have exactly the same number of points after 29 games as they had during the Farewell Boleyn campaign.

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West Ham’s eerie similarities with 2015/16 season continue

West Ham’s 49 points from 29 games in 2015/16 saw them in fifth place, one point off fourth-placed Man City.

Moyes’s side are also fifth right now on 49 points, two points off fourth-placed Chelsea.

In fact West Ham have slipped behind that season on goal difference with +12 five years ago compared to +10 now.

Even some of the results have been similar.

And none more so than Arsenal at home. Back in 2015/16 West Ham drew a rollercoaster home game against the Gunners 3-3 too.

On that day in early April, West Ham suffered late heartache as they did just over a week ago.

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Hammers must avoid poor form that blighted Farewell Boleyn run-in

After coming back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 thanks to an Andy Carroll hat-trick, the Hammers were pegged back for a draw.

The problem for West Ham back in 2015/16 was that they ended the season poorly.

West Ham drew four games in a row – including 2-2 draws with both Chelsea and Leicester who the Hammers face this season in the coming weeks.

Like in 2015/16, West Ham will play West Brom at the Hawthorns in the closing weeks of the season.

Moyes will be hoping for a similar result as Slaven Bilic’s Farewell Boleyn side won 3-0 that day.

West Ham must avoid ending the season in the disastrous fashion they did five years ago when a shock 4-1 loss at home to Swansea and 2-1 defeat away at Stoke ultimately cost them a place in the Champions League as they finished just four points short.

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Moyes’s boys on course to record more wins than five years ago but five or six are needed to have Champions League chance

West Ham won 16 games in the 2015/16 season. Moyes’s side will surely beat that having won 14 already.

It was a joint league highest 14 draws that cost the Hammers during that Dimitri Payet-inspired campaign.

Around 66-68 points should be enough to make the last Champions League spot this term.

It is a race between five teams for that last spot.

Realistically that means West Ham must win five or six of their last nine matches.

A tall order but far from impossible.

It’s certainly more exciting than a relegation battle. Come On You Irons.

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