West Ham Holding Firm in the Top 4

14th April 2021

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Leicester and West Ham are still there mixing it with the so called top six teams, in 3rd and 4th place respectively and it would be quite an achievement if both clubs could finish the season in the top four. This past weekend they played each other and West Ham won 3-2, though not before checking the pulse rates of every supporter. Three times in a row now West Ham have managed to start brightly and take a 3-0 lead only to get pegged back, well almost. Against Arsenal they did with that game finishing 3-3, Wolves made it 3-2 after being shell shocked in the opening thirty minutes and of course Leicester almost made it 3-3 in the dying minutes. If West Ham are going to historically qualify for the Champions League it isn't going to be through the easy way.

Chelsea are hot on their heels for one, and the Blues probably proved that their defeat last week to West Bromwich Albion was a blip, one of those things. Thomas Tuchel's side looked slick and professional as ever as they easily beat Crystal Palace 4-1 away from home.

Crisis? What crisis? Liverpool in beating Aston Villa 2-1 have now won 3 games in a row and although they are in 6th place they are just 3 points from 4th. The race for a top 4 position is getting very exciting even if the league seemingly ended weeks ago, surely Manchester City are going to win it, but…. City are 11 points in front of Manchester United as they surprisingly lost at home to Leeds 2-1. The Red Devils have a game in hand and so could reduce that gap to 8 points. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team had a very good 2nd half as they came back from 1-0 down at the weekend to beat Tottenham 3-1. The same United who had lost 6-1 at home to Jose Mourinho's team earlier in the season, when Tottenham for the briefest of moments had claimed top place in the league. Now Tottenham are 14 points behind Solskjaer's team.

But back to Manchester United and the possible miracle that they could win the league, is it really possible? Of the top teams City only have to play Chelsea now but they could be involved in playing some teams battling for relegation, which is never easy. However the remainder of this month involves taxing games away from the league. The Champions League games will be tricky of course, they have Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals and of course Tottenham to play in the Carabao Cup final. Could City lose focus? Probably not, but you can get 67.00 that United will make a comeback. While United face an uphill task that price might seem generous to some.

Two sides whos top 4 chances look finished are Tottenham and Everton. Tottenham are 6 points adrift and Everton are 7 points though Everton could reduce that to 4 as they have a game in hand. But recent results for both clubs and also performances suggests that they are not going to make it. Everton have gone 4 games without a win and it has been 1 victory for Tottenham in their last four games. For Tottenham there is now the threat that Arsenal who have underachieved in the league again could actually surpass them and one would have to wonder now if Mourinho could be leaving the club in the summer?

Finally can Sam Allardyce actually do it and rescue West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies swept aside Southampton to win 3-0 and have won 2 games in a row, scoring 8 goals and playing great football. They are going to give it a shot, though let's remind ourselves that they trail Newcastle by 8 points. To stay up West Brom are 11.00.

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