West Ham are one of a multitude of teams in danger of falling into the Championship next season.
The appointment of David Moyes as head coach in December was an unpopular move despite the fact he previously led the club to Premier League survival.
However, the Scotsman has won just two league matches out of a possible nine since he returned to the London club.
On paper, the Hammers are a strong side filled with enough talented individuals to retain their top flight status, but a daunting run of fixtures suggests survival is far from guaranteed.
With that in mind, FFC have identified three fixtures which could determine their short-term future…
West Ham’s trip to Spurs on March 20th could be crucial this season.
A win against their London rivals could be a turning point and hand Moyes and his players a priceless morale boost ahead of the run-in.
The Lilywhites will be desperate for the local bragging rights having failed to beat West Ham at home since 2016, with the Irons even recording the three points on their first visit to Spurs’ new stadium last season.
Should West Ham take three points from the north London side, it could truly spark a winning run for a side who are currently outside of the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.
With both clubs currently level on points, West Ham vs Watford on May 2nd could effectively represent a relegation play-off match.
The Irons host Watford before playing Manchester United in the penultimate game of the season.
Given the club’s winless run at Old Trafford since 2007, a victory looks unlikely, which means the clash against the Hornets could well represent a must-win.
The relegation battle could come right down to the wire this year with West Ham hosting Villa on the final day in what is shaping up to be an emotionally charged encounter with survival at stake.
Dean Smith’s side currently sit two points adrift of the Hammers in 19th place and are currently nursing their wounds after losing 2-1 against Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.
Villa have failed to beat The Hammers in their last three meetings and with the second worst away form in the league, they should not count on their final fixture at the London stadium to keep them in the Premier League.