A top half finish is now firmly in West Ham United’s own hands after a favourable weekend of results.
The Hammers put on a show in their final home game of the season to beat Southampton 3-0.
It came after a superb 1-0 victory at Spurs the week before and left Manuel Pellegrini’s side on 49 points.
Top half in West Ham’s hands
The Hammers sit 11th going into the final weekend of the season.
They travel to Watford, who sit one place and one point ahead of the East Londoners after their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.
That means a top half finish is very much in West Ham’s control.
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The situation is simple.
Beat Watford and the Hammers will leapfrog them into at least 10th.
If Leicester City lose to Manchester City on Monday night and then lose their final game, West Ham would rise to 9th with a final day win.
Pellegrini will be boosted by the fact the Hornets could very much be distracted by the small matter of their FA Cup final against Manchester City less than a week later.
Watford players will understandably have one eye on the final and not getting injured.
Javi Gracia will also surely rest several key players as is his right given the gravity of the match they are about to play in relation to the fact they have nothing to play for in the league.
Simple equation with £4mil at stake
West Ham could end the season on a real positive which they can hopefully carry into the next campaign.
There is also the small matter of £4million in Premier League prize money up for grabs.
If West Ham finish 11th they will received £19.2m. If they finish 9th that figure is nearly £4m higher at £23.1m (Radio Times).
Everything to play for on the last day and for the right reasons and no stress.