West Ham boss David Moyes claims the Hammers are still in with a good chance of qualifying for Europe once again this season.
Heading into Monday’s match against Bournemouth, Moyes’ side are only five points off seventh-placed Liverpool, and the manager believes that, if some calls had gone their way in certain matches, his team would be even higher up the Premier League table:
“I have thought about challenging for Europe and my wording is not going to change. I still think we will be in the mix come the end of the season for European football, I really do. I think we have a good team. We need other bits to go for us, I probably sound like a whinging manager but we have had some real poor calls in the last month or so, starting at Chelsea. I’m sure other clubs feel the same but we feel we have had some real big ones that stand out that haven’t gone our way.”
Moyes is bang on the money with these remarks. Understat‘s expected points table (based on xG stats in all eleven matches) puts West Ham in 6th, so it does show you that the Irons have been rather unlucky with results so far this campaign.
They do say things balance out over the course of the season, though, so West Ham will be hoping to pick up some better results in the coming weeks and months, starting with the match versus the Cherries on Monday night.