The race for the highest 4 couldn’t be extra thrilling this season and Paul Merson believes West Ham are in pole place to land the ultimate spot.
Champions League qualification is large for any aspect with the additional funds permitting large signings in the summertime and bettering their pulling energy within the switch market.
Manchester United, Leicester, and West Ham are presently holding prime 4 spots, together with runaway leaders Man City having all however tied up the title, however something may occur within the run-in.
And former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes West Ham have the higher hand over Chelsea and Liverpool on account of their beneficial run in.
“I simply can’t consider the end result in opposition to West Brom,” Merson instructed Sky Sports activities. “They [Chelsea] needed to win the sport. For the race for the highest 4, it was large.
“Now, I wrestle to see Chelsea getting within the prime 4. I believe they’re actually up in opposition to it after one unhealthy end result.
“West Ham have one of many best alternatives within the historical past of the membership to get into the highest 4 and into the Champions League.
“It’s a one-off, the last word for this West Ham crew. I don’t assume it’s an opportunity that comes alongside once more!
“Do I believe they’ll do it? I’m unsure, however they do have the fixtures to do it… it’s between West ham and Liverpool, and I’m simply sticking Liverpool, however it’s going to be so tight.”
Because it stands, Chelsea are one level behind West Ham in fifth, whereas Liverpool and Tottenham are additionally in competition for a prime 4 end as they’re each two factors behind the Hammers.
The east London membership have the best run-in on paper, dealing with simply one of many so known as ‘large six’ – Chelsea – of their ultimate eight video games.
Nevertheless, they’re presently with out injured duo Declan Rice and Michail Antonio.