There has been a huge double boost for West Ham as the birds and the bees do David Moyes a big relegation favour.
As the dust settled on West Ham’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at the weekend, eyes turned to a big week for the Hammers despite the fact we aren’t playing.
With West Ham outside the Premier League relegation zone by virtue of goal difference and all of our relegation rivals in action this week – some of them twice – the Hammers are in desperate need of a helping hand.
Unfortunately the Hammers have been left relying on others to keep them out of the bottom three going into the international break and the final month and a half of the season.
Southampton play twice this week as do Crystal Palace while Everton, Bournemouth, Forest and Leicester are all in action and relegation rivals Wolves and Leeds go to head-to-head.
Huge double boost for West Ham as the birds and the bees do David Moyes a big relegation favour
The first two of those matches took place on Wednesday evening.
And there has been a huge double boost for West Ham as the birds and the bees do Moyes a big relegation favour.
West Ham needed Southampton to lose or draw at home to Brentford and Crystal Palace to lose away at Brighton to stay out of the relegation zone and within one win of being able to jump up as high as 12th place.
Well there is good news as the week has got off to the ideal start with the Seagulls and Bees doing West Ham a massive favour by winning against Palace and Southampton respectively.
Brentford beat the Saints 2-0 to keep them bottom of the league, two points below West Ham – who now have a game in hand.
And they remain just three points off going above Palace too after their 1-0 defeat at Brighton, with West Ham’s superior goal difference looking to be worth a point during the run-in.
Attentions now turn to the weekend in the hope of more favours.
- Forest to lose or draw at home to Newcastle
- Bournemouth to lose away at Villa
- Leicester to lose or draw away at Brentford
- Southampton to lose or draw at home to Spurs
- Wolves and Leeds to draw or Wolves to win
- Everton to lose away to Chelsea
- Palace to lose away to Arsenal
If West Ham are fortunate enough to continue to see the best case scenario of the above pan out, then not only will they remain out of the bottom three, but they could even move up a place in the table.
Because a defeat by two goals for Leicester at Brentford would see the Hammers move above them to 16th on goal difference if Bournemouth, Leeds and Southampton also fail to win.
Should the results continue to go in West Ham’s favour, victory at home to Southampton after the international break could then elevate Moyes’ side as high as 12th in the table depending on results elsewhere on that weekend when we’re all back in action.
Positive thoughts… We can but dream.