While today’s opponents QPR are battling to remain in the Premier League, we’re battling to stay in the top ten.
You could say we’ve got our own little relegation battle on our hands as we try not end the season in the bottom half after spending the first half of the campaign nestled comfortably in the top six, and even the top four at one point.
But since the turn of the year it’s all gone a bit stale. Injuries, poor performances and and several cases of bad luck has resulted in relegation form and us hanging on to our top ten status by a thread.
So that’s why today’s game is a must win for both sides, and for very different reasons.
We’ve got a fairly decent run in to the end of the season, but we really need a win to spark the strong finish we so desperately need.
And I fancy us today. We won on our last visit to Loftus Road and have lost just one of our last six Premier League meetings with QPR. The last time we won a London derby was against QPR back in October, so the omens are certainly good for us this afternoon.
But will you be having a cheeky bet on the game today? If you are, make sure you take a read of Kick-Off’s betting statistics below…
1. West Ham have won five, drawn seven and lost eight of their last 20 Premier League games.
2. In their last 20 away games against teams positioned below them in the table, West Ham have won seven, drawn five and lost eight of these matches.
3. West Ham are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with QPR, winning three and drawing one
4. Overall, the Hammers have won four of these league fixtures with four QPR wins and three draws.
5. West Ham have scored just nine goals in nine Premier League London derbies in 2014-15.
6. First goals are important in this fixture with the team to score first in each of these league fixtures going on to take at least a point.
7. In their last 20 away matches, West Ham have scored 1.1 goals per game and conceded 1.6 goals per game on average.
8. West Ham are without a win in nine away league games (D4 L5). Only Burnley (10) are on a longer run without an away victory.
9. In their last 20 away games, 13 of the 22 goals scored by West Ham have come from forwards, 8 from midfielders and 1 from defenders.
In their last 20 away games, 73% of the 22 goals scored by West Ham have come in open play, whilst 27% have come from set-pieces.
Fancy backing the Hammers to break their losing streak this weekend? Head to Kick Off’s QPR v West Ham predictions page for all the betting info you need!
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