Analysis- How far up can West Ham move in the table if they beat Crystal Palace this weekend

West Ham are in action against Crystal Palace this weekend, and doing a league double over Roy Hodgson’s men could be quite rewarding for the visitors, who could potentially break into the top 10 at the end of Game Week 26. That would be a fair accomplishment for Manuel Pellegrini with two thirds of the season gone.

Here’s a look at the potential permutations and the league table ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.

8th- Watford 34 points GD -1
9th- Everton 33 points GD 0
10th Bournemouth 33 points GD -7
11th Leicester 32 points GD -1
12th West Ham 32 points GD -7

Fixtures this week

Leicester (v Tottenham away)
Bournemouth (v Liverpool away)
Everton (v Man City home and Watford away)
Watford (v Everton home)

Going by the most possible set of results, one would ordinarily expect Spurs and Liverpool to beat Leicester and Bournemouth at home. Man City would probably be too strong for Everton, even though the fixture is at Goodison Park. The Citizens will be smelling blood after Liverpool dropped points yesterday, and will be fully aware that victory on Wednesday will see them regain top spot in the table. That leaves the final Watford Everton fixture at Vicarage Road.

You’d fancy the Hornets to take at least a point from the game. They’ve lost only twice in their last 12 games across all competitions, and those defeats were to Chelsea and Spurs.

If one of the two sides wins, West Ham will go 9th in the table with a win at Selhurst Park. If they draw, the Hammers could theoretically go 8th, but that’s unlikely given the goal difference (Watford with -1, and West Ham with -7)

Conclusion: West Ham could, and should, go 9th after this weekend’s round of fixtures.

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