Debate has been raging over whether West Ham United can claim a place in the top four this season.
All eyes have been on the battle for the Champions League spots of late.
Pundits and fans have been having their say on the credibility of West Ham’s Champions League dream.
Pundits write off West Ham for fourth, but Hammers can go three points off third AND with game in hand
Many have suggested Chelsea or Liverpool will pip the Hammers to that coveted fourth spot.
But results elsewhere mean West Ham could actually go just three points off third place WITH a game in hand.
If the Manchester derby goes true to form on Sunday – and the Red Devils lose – then a win over Leeds on Monday night would put West Ham just three points behind the Old Trafford club with a game in hand.
Indeed were it not for a mistake from the Brighton goalkeeper in gifting Leicester a late winner, the Hammers would have been in with a shout of going three points off SECOND with a game in hand.
Hammers will have huge carrot if Manchester derby goes true to form
Of course West Ham must focus on doing their bit and getting the three points against Leeds at the London Stadium.
That would put David Moyes’s side on 48 points – three behind Man United if they lose to Man City.
West Ham may drop to seventh behind Tottenham on goal difference if they beat Palace on Sunday.
But victory over Marcelo Bielsa’s side would see West Ham rise back up to fifth.
That’s because Chelsea play Everton with all three possible results keeping at least one of them above the Hammers.
A win would put Chelsea on 50 points – two ahead of West Ham if they secure their own win over Leeds.
West Ham will go fifth with win over Leeds no matter what happens elsewhere
A draw would keep Chelsea ahead of West Ham on goal difference and a win for Everton would see the Toffees go fourth.
It is some achievement for West Ham to be right in the mix for any one of the other three contestable Champions League spots with 11 games to go.
And Moyes’s side must believe in themselves because they have proved they are a match for any side on their day.
Most importantly, though, West Ham have shown great consistency all season.
There is no reason for that to suddenly change.
Meanwhile many of their rivals have the distraction of the cups and Europe and the extra games and and travel that entails.
Come. On. You. Irons.