It’s difficult to predict exactly what is going to happen to West Ham under Manuel Pellegrini this season after a less than sparkling start.
The Hammers really haven’t turned up so far this year. We have seen episodes of their quality, for example in their 3-1 victory at Goodison Park against Everton and drubbing of Manchester United in London, but the type of consistency which projects teams into the upper half of the table just isn’t present.
They followed up these remarkable results with wholly disappointing performances against Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, where they lost 1-0 in both games.
Fans would be forgiven for expecting Manuel Pellegrini to at least have the team floating around the upper end of the table, having won a Premier League title; however, it seems the revival project at West Ham is far more complex than they originally hoped.
With that said, here are two games that could ruin their season…
Brighton and Hove Albion v West Ham (05/10/2018)
West Ham were building up momentum before they met Brighton at the Amex Stadium, taking points away from Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United. After losing 1-0, however, they’re goalless in two and facing a difficult test away at Leicester City.
This could prove to be the game that halted one of the most convincing run of performances for West Ham.
West Ham v Watford (22/12/2018)
West Ham shape up against current in form side Watford in the last game before Christmas, in what we believe to be a must win if they want to finish in the top half of the table.
In between now and this fixture, the Hammers have to play Huddersfield, Newcastle, Cardiff, and Fulham. All of which are very good opportunities against struggling sides. Providing they maximise their output in these games, the points secured will provide a strong basis for the teams drive into the top half.
The game against Watford could then act as a real show of intent.