Five reasons why West Ham WILL qualify for the Champions League

first_img 5. Hopes of FA Cup glory can keep them on track in the Premier League – Click the right arrow above to see why West Ham can qualify for the Champions League… – One game away from a Wembley semi-final with Everton, West Ham have the opportunity to win silverware in their final season at Upton Park. To show off the famous trophy on the pitch to a packed stadium after an open topped tour of east London would be the perfect way to leave the place which has been their home for 112 years. A replay with Manchester United comes between a clash against Premier League leaders Leicester City and a London derby with Arsenal, which should get every player and fan fired up. If they make it past the Red Devils we wouldn’t put it past them to storm into the final leg of their campaign and push Man City, Man United and Arsenal hard for a spot in the top four. 5 5 5 As the season approaches it’s curtain call, Manchester United, Arsenal and Man City are all fighting it out for a spot in the top four.That’s sounds pretty par for the course, but one of them is likely to miss out with Leicester City and Tottenham sitting in the top two.And coming hard on the outside, West Ham have an excellent chance of making two of those three clubs fail to qualify for the Champions League.It was a season which started fairly ignominiously as the Hammers crashed out of the Europa League qualifying stages to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu, after scraping past Maltese outfit Birkirkara.Those performances are well in the past though and Slaven Bilic’s side are slugging it out with the Premier League’s elite as they look to leave the Boelyn Ground with a bang.Sitting fifth with eight games to go and just four points off third spot it’s all to play for.So why will West Ham finish in the top four? Click the right arrow above to see our top five reasons… 4. Arsenal and Manchester City are out of form while Man United are unreliable – If the Hammers sneak into the top four there is a good chance it will be in place of one of the three teams above. The Gunners have only won three of their last ten in all competitions, the Citizens have only won two in the same amount of time, while the Red Devils have claimed five victories in ten. The Hammers, meanwhile, have only lost one match and beaten high-flying Tottenham. If they maintain this form they will sneak into the qualifying spots. 2. Players are returning from injury – The Hammers have shown some real mettle in recent weeks given their recent injury problems and Slaven Bilic has also shown tactical nous to combat the issue too. With several defenders in the treatment room and no available senior right-back, the Croatian switch to back-three as they down fierce rivals Spurs. Now, though, players are returning to fitness and will soon – in theory – be getting back to their best. Manuel Lanzini is beginning to show his top form, along with Payet, while the returns of James Collins and James Tomkins will put West Ham at full strength and ready for the run-in. 5 1. Dimitri Payet – One of the signings of the summer, for sure, Payet has East Londoners hanging on his every caress of the football. The stocky attacking midfielder eight goals and eight assists don’t quite tell the full story. This season, whatever the Frenchman has pulled from his ‘sac magique’ has wowed his audience and, more importantly, has Hammers fans believing their side can mix it with the big boys. Hooked from the moment he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly with Southend. The 28-year-old’s performances are inspiring his team-mates and supporters. If he can keep his displays at the highest level then West Ham could well be playing Champions League football in the Olympic Stadium next season. 5 3. Cheikhou Kouyate is one of the Premier League’s underrated stars – Midfielder Kouyate has proved a superb acquisition from Anderlecht since his move to east London in 2014. The £7m fee has proved to be one of the best bits of business by a Premier League sides in recent memory and if he can continue to dominate for the Hammers they could find themselves qualifying for the Champions League – a competition where the Senegalese has already racked up 12 appearances. Kouyate is an excellent all-round player and has made more tackles per game than any other Hammer, while his showings against Tottenham and Chelsea in recent weeks highlight his ability. last_img read more