Testing Times A West Ham Fans View

West Ham United moved clear of the drop zone after beating Swansea and drawing with Sunderland and Everton, those results seemed to have guaranteed Premiership survival, but the players cannot check out and plan holidays to Barbados just yet, with just four games to go football odds show we are now 100/1 to go down, so that is as good as safe, but we are not yet mathematically secure. What’s more, there is also the small matter of a London derby with Tottenham to factor in, and pride will most certainly be at stake there.
How sweet would it be for the team to deny Spurs the chance of winning the title? It would almost make up for what has been a miserable season, almost, but not quite. There are plenty of mitigating factors, the stadium move caused upheaval and we struggled to adapt to the new surroundings, while the Dimitri Payet saga was a harrowing period in the club’s history but it is clear we have massively gone backwards after finishing seventh last season, and Slaven Bilic has spent most of the campaign among the favourites to be the next Premiership manager to lose his job.
However much we may hate them, Tottenham are a shining example for West Ham and painful as it is to admit his is the level we need to get to, they have built up their club in a financially sustainable manner, not bankrolled by a billionaire sugar daddy like Chelsea or Man City, and are now turning into Champions League regulars, fighting for the title in the latter stages of the season. West Ham, with our shiny new stadium, large and passionate fan base, London location and great heritage, have the potential to get there, we can start to attract some of the world’s best players, and pay the wages they demand, and become a force to be reckoned with once again, so long as the funding is provided!
Getting a result at White Hart Lane would be a great statement of intent, we have not had much to cheer about this season and this would give cause for optimism going into the summer, and maybe even make the club a more attractive destination for potential signings. It is clear the squad needs to be drastically overhauled. Payet needs to be properly replaced, so we have a creator in chief to bring flair and ingenuity to the side and make us a greater threat from set pieces, Snodgrass is no Payet. Andy Carroll is a titan when he plays, but we have to admit he will miss large chunks of the season and we need more options up front. A defence that has shipped 59 goals in 33 games, the fourth worst record in the league is in drastic need of reinforcements. A powerful central midfielder would not go amiss either, we could really do with seven or so signings, plus shipping out a few squad players, so finishing higher up the table and ending the season on a high would help.
Can we get a result against Spurs? It will be tough, they have been by far and away the best side in the league since the turn of the year, and deserve to be in the title picture thanks to their superb defending and the form of Dele Alli and Harry Kane up front. However, we nearly took them in the reverse fixture and were robbed as we fell to a 3-2 defeat, we were 2-1 up with a couple of minutes on the clock, but two late Kane goals, the second from the penalty spot, saw defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. We out muscled Spurs that day and could well have won it, if we play a similar game in the upcoming fixture and get Carroll knocking lumps out of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, we have a chance, damaging their title bid, even if it delivers the league to Chelsea, would be something to savour wouldn't it?.

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Spurs are playing some excellent football but we are starting an unbeaten run with 3 games so far and we should extend it at Stoke.London derbies under the lights are always special and we seem to raise our game when we play against Spurs so we have every chance of winning.Carroll and Sakho up front will give their defence a right going over.

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Just because the bookies rate us 100-1 to go down , I wouldn't say we were safe at all! 1 point on Saturday at least and I might agree. Personally I think relegation is still very much on with palace haul and Swansea still racking up valuable points. If I was a betting man 100-1 is bloody good odds worth taking.

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At those odds!!Seriously though we still have work to do,even though i reckon we will get at least a point v stoke....

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nevillenixon's picture

the odds lowered to 33-1 after palace beat liverpool, but they are back up again now

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