The FA Cup fifth-round draw was not particularly kind to West Ham; they face West Brom at the Hawthorns for an all-Premier League clash.
Sam Alladryce was smiling from ear to ear on Sunday when his side won 1-0 at Bristol City following all the cup shocks that preceded the tie. However despite the amount of lower league teams still left in the competition, the Hammers were drawn with one of the remaining nine top flight sides.
It’s set to be a very tough encounter but having already knocked Everton out, West Ham can be quietly confident of progressing and even going on to lift the coveted trophy.
Here are three reasons why West Ham can win the FA Cup.
1. ABUNDANCE OF QUALITY AND CONFIDENCE
The Hammers have been fantastic all season with all of their new signings hitting the ground running.
Diafra Sakho has been a revelation up top consistently scoring crucial goals, Alex Song has been phenomenal in midfield and the two full-backs – Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Cresswell – have brought a new dimension to the side.
Furthermore, this quality injection has brought the best out of Stewart Downing, whose new-found confidence epitomises the turnaround we’ve seen at Upton Park this term. He’s been incredible in a central role and West Ham have reaped the benefits.
There is a feel-good factor flowing through the club at present and through the momentum they’ve gained they can repeat their 1980 cup heroics.
2. CAPABLE OF BEATING ANYONE ON THEIR DAY
The Irons have already beaten Liverpool and Manchester City in the league and deservedly so. The fact they can go toe-to-toe with last season’s top two and come out on top speaks volumes of their quality and confidence.
The top side’s left in the competition are Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, with the latter two still needing to overcome replays before taking their places in the fifth-round. West Ham could certainly be confident of beating either of them on their day, but if things go their way they may not need to until the Wembley semi-finals.
The next match against Tony Pulis’s Baggies side will be a real test of their cup credentials as any of his outfits are always tough to beat. However the Hammers should have the quality to see them through.
3. TEAM SPIRIT AND DETERMINATION
West Ham have shown incredible resilience and team spirit this season and they’ll need to show even more of it when they prepare for their third away tie in the next round.
To come through two enthralling games against Everton and win in a penalty shoot-out will have instilled the side with great belief. Then to follow that up by going to Ashton Gate and scoring a winner in the final ten minutes after withstanding severe pressure may just get the player’s thinking it’s their year.
With their Premier League status guaranteeing them safety, they are in a prime position to mount a serious challenge for the FA Cup and judging by their squad and current form they should be considered as real contenders.
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