As gutting as yesterday’s Chelsea win was for West Ham United, Leicester City were always the real targets.

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Anyone who has watched Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival – bar that anomaly against West Brom – recognises this is one of the best teams and squads in Europe.

West Ham have been so focused on realising their Champions League dream.

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And West Ham fans have been obsessing over Chelsea, Leicester and Liverpool’s fixture lists as much as their own.

But Chelsea always look destined to rise above the race for fourth spot that West Ham are desperately hoping to continue with a win over Everton today.

Some West Ham fans were despondent after Chelsea’s turnaround victory at Man City on Saturday night. Particularly the manner of it with City playing a second string side and Sergio Aguero’s pathetic Panenka penalty miss with Pep Guardiola’s champions elect leading 1-0.

They shouldn’t be, though, because it was always going to be a Fox hunt for West Ham.

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Forget Chelsea, it’s always been Leicester for West Ham and Fox Hunt must start against Everton

Leicester looked home and hosed for a Champions League spot last season and faltered.

And they look prime candidates to do it again. All the pressure is on Leicester now and if West Ham beat Everton they will ramp that up further still.

 

Victory for David Moyes’s side over his old club will put West Ham just two points off Leicester with three games to play.

And while West Ham face three of the bottom six to play out the season, Leicester have to play Man United at Old Trafford, Chelsea in the FA Cup final and then again in the league three days later at Stamford Bridge before finishing the season off against Tottenham.

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How Hammers could be in the top four by next weekend

In fact if West Ham beat Everton and Man United do a job on Leicester in midweek, the Hammers will have the chance to leapfrog the Foxes into fourth spot NEXT WEEKEND.

Another win for West Ham over Brighton would put West Ham above Leicester while Brendan Rodgers’s side are at Wembley for the cup final.

That would then pile the pressure on the Foxes going to Stamford Bridge three days later.

Exciting and stressful all at the same time.

Nobody said it would be easy. But West Ham have nothing to lose and everything to play for.

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