West Ham United have a chance to achieve the almost impossible this season and qualify for the Champions League.

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At the start of the season, nobody gave the Hammers a chance.

We are widely tipped for relegation down to the Championship after our struggles last season.

David Moyes has worked absolute wonders at the London Stadium, however.

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David Moyes (Photo by John Walton – Pool/Getty Images)

West Ham are currently sitting in fifth spot in the Premier League table, only three points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea.

We are a point ahead of Liverpool in sixth, two clear of Tottenham in seventh and three in front of Everton in eighth.

Having lost two in a row, however, there seems to be plenty of doom and gloom circulating amongst the Hammers fans.

West Ham Champions League hopes still very much alive

Our dream is far from over.

Here are five reasons why we believe the Hammers still have a great chance at qualifying for the Champions League…

Other teams have incredibly tough run-ins

Chelsea have to play Manchester City and Aston Villa away as well as games against Arsenal and Leicester City at home.

The Foxes, meanwhile, have an incredibly tough fixture list including clashes against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Liverpool face a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United whilst Tottenham have tough away games against Leeds and Leicester still to come.

Everton, meanwhile, have to play City away and still have to travel to the London Stadium to play us.

 

Strong squad mentality

The West Ham players have been asked so many questions this season. We have faced setback after setback as a team, whether that be injuries to key players or horrendous refereeing decisions.

Each time, the Hammers players have bounced back, however. Only once have we lost back to back games. There is a really united feel to the squad at the London Stadium. And we need to lean on that heading into the final five games.

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Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Key players close to returning

West Ham currently have Declan Rice, Michail Antonio, Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell out injured. Craig Dawson missed the Chelsea game though suspension as well.

Cresswell and Masuaku should be fit to face Burnley whilst Dawson is available for selection again after serving his ban.

Rice and Antonio, meanwhile, are allegedly not too far away. Having all of those players back for the final few games would be a massive boost for West Ham.

Nearly all of our remaining opponents have nothing left to play for

The only team we still have to face who actually have anything to play for are Everton.

West Brom are as good as down already whilst Burnley, Southampton, and Brighton are sitting comfortably above the relegation zone but not high enough to push for the top 10.

Once in a lifetime opportunity

The West Ham players surely realise that chances like this do not come around very often.

We basically have five cup finals remaining. Five wins would almost certainly see us finish 3rd or 4th. Four wins might be enough for 4th spot.

Each and every Hammers player will surely be putting everything on the line in our final five games of the season. We believe that this group of players have something special about them.

A minimum of four wins is needed. Moyes’s men are well capable of that. This is a time to be positive. COYI X

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