Monday, March 10, 2008
WHU - WTF
What the fuck is going on, West Ham United Football Club? 3 consecutive 4-0 losses? After ending the year with a huge victory over Manchester United, the Hammers powered through a tough January with victories over Liverpool and Fulham and a pair of draws against Manchester City. They were square in the middle of the table in 10th place, a game in hand, 3 points out of 7th place, with a strong goal differential of + 8. Then:
Chelsea 4 - West Ham 0
Liverpool 4 - West Ham 0
Tottenham 4 - West Ham 0
A 12 point goal differential swing in 3 matches? I mean, I know those are good teams who were favored to beat them, but jesus. The not scoring thing is nothing new, but they usually have a pretty stellar defense. The good news is that they still have a 5 point lead over Spurs in 10th place. They'd have to end the season with an unbelievable run to finish much higher, but hopefully they can hang on to that midtable spot. European qualification is right out. In their final 9 matches, they face Man U, Villa, Everton, Portsmouth, and Blackburn. They pretty much need to win all the other matches against Derby, Bolton, Sunderland, and Newcastle. But all three will be fighting to avoid relegation so that could be tough as well.
It'll be interesting to see what they do in terms of transfers in the offseason. You'd think that if Bellamy, Dyer, Parker, and Faubert all came back healthy, that would considerably strengthen their midfield and attack. Maybe throw some money on the back four.