West Ham United sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup last night, setting up a clash with Manchester United in the process, following a hard-fought 2-1 victory over London rivals Chelsea.
The Hammers have seemingly turned a corner this season by ending a worrying run of form with three consecutive victories in all competitions, beating Crystal Palace and Sunderland in the Premier League before knocking Chelsea out of the season’s first domestic cup.
Following the victory, statistics emerged that showed Pedro Obiang is crucial to Slaven Bilic’s side this season – as the Hammers are yet to win a fixture in which he hasn’t played.
West Ham in domestic competitions this season:
When Pedro Obiang plays: WWDWWW
When Pedro Obiang doesn't play: LLLLL
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 27, 2016
Winning five of six matches when Obiang is in the side and losing all five when he isn’t suggests that the former Spanish U-21 international should be the first name on the team-sheet, so we should expect him to see him feature again this weekend when West Ham travel to Goodison Park to clash with Everton.
Sat 15th in the table with just three wins from nine in the Premier League, West Ham’s next five Premier League clashes with Everton, Stoke City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal could make-or-break the their campaign.