West Ham United are currently sitting on the 6th spot on the league table with 45 points in 26 league games, after recording 13 wins, 6 draws, and 7 defeats. While Everton are currently sitting on the 5th spot on the league table with 46 points in 26 league games, after recording 14 wins, 4 draws, and 8 defeats.
Coaches of the two sides, David Moyes and Carlo Ancelotti have never stopped believing in the possibility of finishing the 2020-2021 season in a Champions League place, and as it stands, they both coaches stand a good chance of achieving that if they remain consistent.
However, they will have to contend the Champions League spots with the likes of 2nd placed Manchester United with 51 points in 27 games, 3rd placed Leicester City with 50 points in 27 games, and 4th placed Chelsea with 47 points in 27 games.
As it stands, the fate of West Ham and Everton as far as making the top-four is concerned, is in their hands due to the outstanding game they still have to play. Once they win their game in hand, the contest for the top-four spot will become more open for them.
The game in hand for 5th placed Everton is away against Chelsea on Monday, March 8, 2021, at 19:00. While the game in hand for 6th placed West Ham United is against Leeds United on Monday at 21:00.
David Moyes noted that if West Ham United end the season in the top 10, it will be an excellent outcome for the traditional mid-table team, but noted that the club can end the season in a better position.
“A top-10 position would be excellent for West Ham considering where we were – but we’re much higher up now, so I’m looking up,” Moyes told Football Focus. “I don’t see why we can’t be around those [top four] positions…
“The players have changed my mind because now I’m looking up to see how high I can get – I have to praise the players for that.”
West Ham United’s last league match was against in-form Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 27. The match ended 2-1 in favor of Manchester City who currently lead the league table with 65 points in 27 games.
On the part of Everton, they recorded a 0-1 victory over West Brom on Thursday, March 4, to boost their chances of getting on a Champions League spot. After the game, the club’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Everton are in the fight for a top-four finish.
“There’s more pressure because we are in the fight for Europe, we want to be there and we have worked really hard to be there”, Ancelotti added.
“This is our step and it’s our target. We have to step up a bit. There’s more [to] sacrifice because the position now is good but unfortunately it’s not the end of the season.
“I feel really good, if I look at the table I am really happy. We have to be pleased to be there but we know we have to fight. I think at the start of the season no one could say, Everton, after 26 games, would be there.
“The dream is the Champions League, it would be fantastic to follow this dream. It’s a step in the career of everyone.”