With seven games left to the play in the Premier League this season, West Ham are still in with a chance of finishing in the top four. The Hammers are currently seventh, four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, though their London rivals, and Arsenal do have games in hand over West Ham.
Nevertheless, David Moyes’ side won’t give up until it is mathematically impossible for them to finish in the top four, and even then a return to European football may be likely. With Liverpool having won the EFL Cup, while also being in the FA Cup semi-finals alongside Manchester City and Chelsea, it appears likely that seventh will be enough for a spot in the Europa Conference League. Of course, West Ham may still qualify for the Champions League through winning the Europa League, currently tied 1-1 with Lyon after the first leg of their semi-final.
Brentford, meanwhile, are merely playing for pride as they look unlikely to be dragged into the relegation battle – especially given their recent form. The Bees have won three of their past four Premier League matches to lift themselves away from the bottom three, beating Norwich City and Burnley before the international break.
But the big one came last weekend as Brentford went to Stamford Bridge and left with a 4-1 win over European champions Chelsea, thoroughly outplaying the Blues for their first victory in that fixture since before World War Two. Now, they will be looking to claim another big capital scalp, having already earned 11 points from Premier League London derbies this season – second only to Chelsea.
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Brentford vs West Ham: Match Stats
Christian Eriksen has been fantastic for Brentford since joining in the winter transfer window and has truly transformed Thomas Frank’s side. The Dane has started three Premier League matches for Brentford and the Bees have won every single one so far, scoring one and averaging 0.58 shots on target per 90 minutes.
As Brentford showed against Chelsea last weekend, they are very much capable of scoring goals. In fact, in their past four matches alone, the Bees have found the net 10 times, having previously scored 27 in their opening 27 league games this season. But Brentford are also open at the back, conceding 48 goals while West Ham have scored 51 and let in 40.
3 October 2021 – West Ham 1-2 Brentford – Premier League
17 April 1993 – West Ham 4-0 Brentford – Division 1
20 December 1992 – Brentford 0-0 West Ham – Division 1
27 February 1954 – Brentford 3-1 West Ham United – Division Two
10 October 1953 – West Ham United 0-1 Brentford – Division Two
Brentford 1-0 win over West Ham in the previous meeting this season was the first time these sides had faced off in almost 30 years. Brentford won that game and will be looking to do the league double over West Ham for the first time since 1953/54.