By James Wood

26th Feb, 2021 | 3:23pm

WHZ View: Opta predicts final-table finish for West Ham – we think they have it wrong

West Ham could be set to miss out on any European football next season and finish outside of the top six altogether.

That’s according to Opta. In a report by The Athletic, they predict the Hammers are most likely to finish the Premier League campaign in 7th spot.

The table gives David Moyes’ side a 12% chance of holding onto a place in the top four, predicting Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester United to fall well short of Manchester City in the title race.

We’re predicted to finish on 61 points, one behind Tottenham who would be 6th. It appears they predict Spurs to overturn a nine-point gap and go one better. Apparently, we have a 19.7% chance of coming 7th, which is the highest we have for any spot.

An unjust assumption

Since the start of 2021, the Hammers have taken 22 points from a possible 29 in the Premier League. Only the runaway leaders, Manchester City, have a better points return. As it stands, on form we’re the second-best team in the league.

Opta predicts us to take 16 points from a possible 39, which we don’t think is very likely. Our next four games are tough, but we’ve beaten Leeds already at Elland Road and were unfortunate to lose to Arsenal in the second game of the season.

Aside from Chelsea and Newcastle, no one in our remaining nine league matches defeated us this season. In fact, we only dropped points to Southampton and Brighton. We expect us to pick up more than 16 points, in all honesty, purely down to the confidence Moyes has installed.

Being realistic, we think it’s a definite possibility that Chelsea and Liverpool can finish above us. Chelsea are only two points behind, and quite frankly, they should be above us.

With the money they spent in the summer they should be battling with City, fifth place would be a huge disappointment to Abramovich.

Spurs is the one that looks least likely. We currently have a nine-point lead over our London rivals, and they don’t look like improving in the league.

As it stands, they’ve lost five of their last six Premier League games. Are they really going to take 26 points from their remaining 14 matches?

We don’t think so and would like to say, rather politely, that Opta has it wrong.

In other West Ham news, David Moyes has committed his future to the club amid Celtic rumours.