West Ham United can reach an impressive record in the final two games of the season against Manchester United and Aston Villa.

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West Ham secured safety with a 3-1 win over Watford last time out.

If Aston Villa fail to beat Arsenal on Tuesday night that will be made official.

The Hammers go into the last two games at Old Trafford and at home to Villa with a rare freedom.

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West Ham can reach rare record in last two games

The shackles may come off, not that they were holding West Ham back of late anyway with 12 goals in the seven games since the restart.

West Ham currently sit on 47 goals. And if they can notch another three in the last two games they will hit the 50-goal mark in the Premier League for only the third time in the last 15 years.

It is some milestone and would be a great way to sign off the season.

Had West Ham been better defensively – they have the fourth worst defence in the Premier League having conceded 60 goals – they would undoubtedly have held on to many of the record 24 points they have squandered from winning positions this season.

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A positive way to end a torrid season

And that would almost certainly have been the difference between the relegation battle they have been embroiled in and challenging for Europe.

West Ham hit 52 goals in Manuel Pellegrini’s first season. That was only the second time West Ham had scored 50 goals or more in a Premier League season in the last 15 years.

Their best return for many years in the top flight came in the Farewell Boleyn season in 2015/16.

Slaven Bilic’s side scored 65 goals that season. And West Ham would have qualified for the Champions League had they turned just three of their joint league highest 14 draws into wins that term.

 

The highest West Ham can finish this time around is 14th above Crystal Palace and Brighton.

West Ham would have to win both games to finish above Palace and hope the Eagles lose to Tottenham on Sunday.

A point from the last two matches would be enough to finish above Brighton in 15th if the Seagulls fail to get anything at Burnley.

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League position could be worth an extra £5m to Hammers

The difference between finishing 16th and 14th could be worth an extra £4-5 million to West Ham.

Each Premier League place is worth between £2-3 million more in merit payments.

Premier League champions Liverpool will receive around £38 million in merit payment.

Second-placed Man City will get around £36m and so on.

That means West Ham could end up earning around £12-13m for finishing 16th. But that will rise to roughly £14-15m for finishing 15th and £16-17m for coming 14th.

Any extra cash will be more than welcome at West Ham given the financial impact of the global health crisis.

And who knows it could even add to David Moyes’s transfer kitty and be the difference between the Hammers signing a player or not.

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