West Ham United is rarely a name mentioned with the elite clubs in the Premier League, but The Hammers have garnered respect from English soccer critics over the last decade. Established more than 120 years ago, West Ham was a powerhouse in the early 1960s — winning an FA Cup in 1964. During England’s 1966 World Cup, many players on the championship-winning team were from West Ham, including defender Bobby Moore and midfielder Martin Peters.
West Ham went on to win two more FA Cups in 1975, and five years later, in 1980. West Ham has never won a Division One/Premier League title. The closest they ever got was in 1985-86 when West Ham finished third overall. The Hammers have a longstanding rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur, among several other London-based clubs. The rivalry has fueled over the years after players such Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Scott Parker left West Ham to join Tottenham.
Vic Watson, who played for West Ham between 1920 and 1935, is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 326 goals — a record that may never be topped as no current players are even close to the milestone. Billy Bonds played 21 seasons for the Hammers and is the leader in all-time appearances with 799.
West Ham Betting Lines Today
Regardless if West Ham is at home or on the road, be sure to keep track of who their next opponent is and how they've fared against them before making your bets.
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West Ham Standings Right Now
The Hammers have come a long way in recent years but need to qualify for Europe to truly make their supporters happy. Are they on the verge of accomplishing that feat this season?
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West Ham, after a seventh-place finish in 2015-16, regressed during the 2016-17 season, finishing in 11th place. Manager Slaven Bilic was under pressure for large stints of the season, unfairly so in my opinion. He's a brilliant manager that faced difficult circumstances, the biggest of which being the sudden departure of talisman and playmaker Dimitri Payet.
The petulant Frenchman's departure was met by the remaining West Ham players in the best possible way. They went on a good run of form, defying most pundits and soccer fans' opinions. But losing a player of his quality eventually affected West Ham's thin squad.
Their well-documented miseries at home blighted any chance at progress. The London Stadum was, at times, as quiet as a library. They struggled to find consistency in their new home ground, finishing with the fifth worst home record. That record will surely improve as time goes on. It has to or Bilic might be walking the unemployment job line.
The Hammers, through all the adversity, were actually quite proficient on the road. They had the ninth best away record, a record that included five wins, five draws and nine losses. The east Londoners gained 20 of their 45 points in volatile environments.
West Ham will definitely improve in coming seasons. They'll put the Payet controversy well and truly behind them and start playing much better at home. They showed signs of doing exactly that in the final stages of the 2016-17 season, all but ending Tottenham's title hopes with a 1-0 win at home.
Look for the Hammers to finish in the top 10 in coming seasons, and quite possible advance into the final rounds of the FA Cup. It's all West Ham supporters should currently expect from their beloved team.
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