By James Wood

15th Apr, 2021 | 10:30am

West Ham predicted to finish in the European places

The Athletic has crunched the latest numbers and its Supercomputer has spat out some bad news – it doesn’t believe West Ham will hold onto fourth spot.

Its final table represents the average of remaining results, determined by 100,000 different simulations.

It’s not all bad news though – it predicts West Ham will finish in fifth place, while Liverpool will leapfrog us and Chelsea to take the final Champions League spot.

It’s mighty close though – just a single point splits third (Leicester) to sixth (Chelsea) which shows that there’s everything to play for.

Grab your passports

It appears the race for Europe will go down to the wire, but surely, after everything we’ve gone through this season, West Ham will make Europe in some form?

The table above predicts Liverpool to pip us by a point to fourth for the final Champions League spot. It then says the Hammers and Chelsea will make up the top six, with a single point separating the four sides.

Spurs and Arsenal will finish above Everton, who are expected to crash down the table to ninth spot.

It’s still in our hands though and the clashes with Chelsea and Everton are going to be huge. Possibly the biggest matches in our recent history.

If the victory against Wolves didn’t convince anyone, the win at home to Leicester definitely should. The 3-2 scoreline flattered the Foxes and although we held on at the end we were outstanding on the day.

We’re showing so much character and determination as the season draws to a close. We had no Declan Rice, Michail Antonio or Angelo Ogbonna last week and we went and put in a performance like that.

This Hammers side isn’t done yet and we could be on the cusp of greatness.

Whatever happens, we’re beyond proud of this squad. They’re fighting till the very end, despite injuries to our key players.

Although the Champions League would be sensational, we’ll take any form or European football next season.

In other West Ham news, it appears this vital player will be back for our clash with Newcastle this weekend.