It’s Hammer Time: Four Reasons West Ham United Will Make the Top 4

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With West Ham currently nestled in fifth place, Slaven Bilic’s side are looking to secure Champions League football for the first time in their history.

Now just a point behind Manchester City after an impressive draw at Chelsea, the Hammers are looking good for a finish in those coveted top four places.

Here are four reasons why.

Amazing Antonio

After a slow start to the season, Michail Antonio, the Hammers’ summer acquisition from Nottingham Forest has found his feet in spectacular fashion. Netting three times in his last four Premier League games – including crucial winning goals against Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland – the talented winger is quickly becoming a fans’ favourite.

Home Comforts

In their final season at the Boleyn Ground, West Ham United’s fantastic home form has been a fitting tribute to the grand old ground. Bilic’s team have not lost a home game since August 22 against Bournemouth, notching seven wins and five draws at home in the process.

Skill and Experience

Bilic has built a side which combines the sublime and the solid. The balance of hugely skilful and pacy players like Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini with reliable, experienced campaigners like Mark Noble and James Collins has made West Ham difficult to break down, and superb on the counter-attack.

They’ve Conquered the Big Boys

While some surprise challengers for the top four have struggled to beat the top sides, that hasn’t been a problem for West Ham. Having won away at Arsenal and Manchester City, beaten Tottenham and done the double over an improving Liverpool, the Hammers fear nobody. And with Arsenal and Manchester United still to visit in the league, the East London club can cause more misery for the teams around them.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.