Can West Ham stay in the Premier League?
It's been a frustrating campaign for West Ham in the Premier League this season, with the side massively underachieving and not meeting the heights many thought they would in the summer.
As we approach the final couple of months of the season, the Hammers currently sit just inside the relegation zone in 18th on 24 points, three points away from 12th place Crystal Palace and a point off bottom side Southampton.
David Moyes and his side will host the Saints this Sunday at the London Stadium, as we return to club football from the International break with a game that will have huge implications for both sides survival chances.
West Ham fans will view this game as a must win, considering some of the sides that they still have to face in their remaining 12 fixtures. Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are all still yet to travel to East London this season, as well as high flying Newcastle, who make the long journey down to face the Hammers next week.
The tough fixtures don’t stop there, as an away trip to the Etihad to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City awaits West Ham in May, as well as trips to Europe chasing London rivals
Brentford and Fulham.
However, attention may be focused on some of the other remaining fixtures against the teams around them in the table. In April, the Hammers travel to the South Coast to face Bournemouth, and then a trip south of the River Thames to face recently reappointed Roy Hodgson and his Crystal Palace side.
If West Ham continue their struggles in these next few fixtures, then their final two league games could be very important. In their final home game and penultimate league fixture, fellow strugglers Leeds United travel to the London Stadium, before a final day clash at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City, with both sides narrowly above the relegation zone at the time of writing.
In the midst of trying to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David Moyes’ side are still competing in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Now at the quarter final stage of the competition, the Hammers face Belgian side Gent, and many fans believe the side have what it takes to go all the way to the final and win it, but some worry that it may be a distraction and less important than staying in the Premier League.