The race for the top four couldn’t be more exciting this season and Paul Merson believes West Ham is on pole to clinch last place.
Qualifying in the Champions League is huge for any team with the extra finances allowing for big signings this summer and improving their pulling power in the transfer market.
Manchester United, Leicester and West Ham currently occupy the top four places, with runaway leaders Man City nearly equaling the title, but anything could happen in the race.
And former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes West Ham has the upper hand over Chelsea and Liverpool due to their favorable position.
“I can’t believe the result against West Brom,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They [Chelsea] had to win the game. For the race for the top four, it was huge.
“Now it’s hard for Chelsea to make the top four. I think they are really against it after a bad result.
“West Ham has one of the greatest opportunities in club history to get into the top four and enter the Champions League.
“It’s a unique event, the ultimate for this West Ham team. I don’t think this is a chance that presents itself again!
“Do I think they’re going to do it?” I’m not sure, but they have the schedule to do it … it’s between West Ham and Liverpool, and I’m just staying Liverpool, but it’s going to be so tight.
As it stands, Chelsea are one point behind West Ham in fifth, while Liverpool and Tottenham are also in contention for a top four as they are both two points behind the Hammers.
The east London club have the easiest run on paper, facing one of the so-called ‘big six’ – Chelsea – in their last eight games.
However, they are currently without injured duo Declan Rice and Michail Antonio.