The Hammers are dealing with as much as the chilly, laborious actuality of qualifying for the Europa Convention League subsequent season.
The Irons crashed out of the Europa League on the semi-final stage on Thursday night time, shedding to Eintracht Frankfurt in a febrile ambiance in Germany.
It implies that David Moyes’ aspect can’t mathematically qualify for the Champions League by way of their Premier League place and even qualification for the Europa League appears troublesome.
Manchester United are at present sixth with 58 factors; the Hammers are seventh with 52 factors, though they do have a sport in hand.
United play Brighton and Crystal Palace of their ultimate two video games, whereas the Irons are set to play Norwich, Manchester City, and Brighton.
If the Hammers are to leapfrog Ralf Rangnick’s aspect, they’ll doubtless have to win each sport and hope United lose each of theirs.
Ending seventh would imply qualification for the Convention League and that could be a potential route again into the Europa League.
Successful the match would imply qualification to the Europa League group stage.
That is smart, given the hierarchy of tournaments, with the winner of the Europa League qualifying for the Champions League, and the winner of the Convention League qualifying for the Europa League.