Should West Ham United make the Europa League next season, they could find themselves embroiled in a daunting relegation battle in the Premier League for several reasons.
Hammers fans may want to look away now to avoid crying because it's not the best news in the world. Get ready and don't say I didn't warn you.
Upton Park welcomes Everton on Saturday where two sides that face possible Europa League football next season go head to head.
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By the end of the season, we will know who will make Europe down to how many cards each of the two sides face.
UEFA have rewarded the Premier League with one of its "fair play" places which allows the side with the least disciplinary cards into the competition.
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It's fair to say that West Ham haven't enjoyed the best year in 2015, however, Sam Allardyce led his side to a very positive start to the season in 2014 when they flirted with the top four.
Having won only three league games in the year of 2015 is quite the embarrassing statistic and matches the level of sides for the likes of Burnley and Queens Park Rangers who have been relegated already before the season has even come to a close.
From what I have seen of the Irons over the previous few months, I have to say it's not been pretty. I was at the West Ham game when they demolished Hull, 3-0, back in January, and that's probably the best I have seen them all season.
Some extremely abysmal performances can be put to blame by Andy Carroll's horrific injury, but since when have we been labelling sides as one-man teams?
West Ham could replicate Wigan
Wigan's month of May was a very hectic one at that. Just days after defeating Manchester City in the FA Cup final, they were relegated from the Premier League, all because of their Europa League commitments.
Now, after two years in the Sky Bet Championship, they will be playing League One football next season as Malky Mackay's side find themselves in free-fall.
For a successful Europa League side playing in the Premier League, you have to have a broad squad of about thirty players that can play at a high level of football. In truth, West Ham's starting eleven side now would struggle in a lower league, let alone taking part in a European tournament.
I really don't know what to think about Sam Allardyce. One moment, his side could be on cloud nine and look like the most threatening team to face, but the next could look like they're in the dumps and in desperate need of some treatment.
I'm not keen on Allardyce's style of play which Jose Mourinho labelled as "19th century football" last season when they frustratingly drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese man has a valid point, although it's a little hypocritical coming from the man who is in charge of "boring, boring" Chelsea.
The Hammers play unattractive football. It's unappealing to watch and if they go into Europe with those tactics, they are going to struggle severely.
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