Why the Leicester and Everton draw was so perfect to put David Moyes’ West Ham side on the brink of survival.
There were various different takes on what would be the best result for the Hammers when Leicester played Everton on Monday night.
Cases were made by West Ham fans for an Everton win, a Leicester victory and the draw.
But the latter was always going to be the most desirable outcome for David Moyes and his side.
Fans of all the clubs in the relegation mix and a host of sites – Hammers News included – have been studying the fixture lists, likely results, possible points per game ratios – the whole gamut.
Draw was a score for Hammers
Some fans prefer to live in the moment, though. And let’s face it that’s probably a much less stressful, healthier way to be as a West Ham fan!
So here’s why the Leicester and Everton draw was so perfect to put Moyes’ West Ham side on the brink of survival.
We obviously start this with the caveat that this is football and literally anything can happen.
And given West Ham still hold the unwanted record of being relegated from the Prem with the most points – 42 – then there should be no counting of chickens just yet.
With all that said and even taking into account a highly probable defeat to Man City pending, that draw between the Foxes and Toffees has just about done it for West Ham.
Why the Leicester and Everton draw was so perfect to put David Moyes’ West Ham side on the brink of survival
With rock bottom Southampton all but down, it is now two from five to drop between West Ham, Leicester, Leeds, Forest and Everton.
That draw meant West Ham maintain a four-point gap over Leicester, Leeds and Forest below them and five points on Everton.
The Hammers’ goal difference is also worth a point on Leeds, Forest and Everton meaning the gap is actually more like five and six respectively.
And it means that it would take this highly unlikely scenario playing out over the next few weeks:
Nerves will still jangle but realistically it’s all over bar the shouting
Discounting already gone Saints, effectively three of the four sides below West Ham would each need to win a minimum two of their remaining four games – and West Ham not to pick up another point from their five – in order for Moyes’ side to be relegated.
Not impossible of course. But very, very unlikely. Especially given the remaining fixtures for each of those sides – which you have probably all seen ad nauseam by now.
For one of the sides below the Hammers to achieve that would be one thing. Two sides doing it would be something else. But THREE sides winning two of their last four AND West Ham not picking up any more points? Come on.
It’s clear West Ham are standing on the brink now. Two draws or one more win would put a cast iron seal on survival.
But while nerves may still jangle until it is mathematically impossible – it looks all over bar the shouting.
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