West Ham have been predicted to survive the Premier League relegation dogfight this season by expert forecasters.
There is no escaping how difficult this campaign has been for all connected with the club, with David Moyes’ side having been down the wrong end of the table from when the first ball was kicked back in August last year.
At that point expectations were high in East London, after a huge summer outlay on recruits including the likes of Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta, which gave promise that a fight to challenge at the top of the table was on – but the polar opposite has been realised.
West Ham are now in the midst of a full scale relegation battle, and its one that is shaping up to be one of the tightest to call in recent memory – with only 4 points separating 12th and 20th spots in the Premier League table.
The fear of relegation, particularly for West Ham having moved to a new stadium and with recent heavy investment, would be catastrophic for the club. However, the experts at FiveThirtyEight have given an update on where they predict this seasons table is going to end up – and thankfully it makes for pleasant viewing.
According to the expert forecasters, our Hammers will finish in 13th place on 39 points – with a relegation risk percentage at 19%. They believe that the three team to be playing in the Championship next season will be Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth.
Despite the 13th place spot being a reletively comfortable place overall, the points tally is still very tight however, with it only being 4 points which separate our Hammers from the drop, although with a considerably healthier goal difference.
FiveThirtyEight may only be forecasters – but their comprehensive research and models will hopefully proved correct come May as David Moyes fights to steer West Ham to safety and draw a line under this so-far wretched campaign.