West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is predicted to guide his side to safety in his customary fashion. It may not be 'the West Ham way', but Hammer fans will no doubt be delighted with another season in the top flight.
With the Premier League season just one week away, 13 of our football pundits have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.
Each pundit predicted where each Premier League club will finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.
We then added up all the points and:
Verdict - West Ham United will finish 12th
Highest prediction: 8th, Lowest prediction: 17th
Ian Bolland: 8th - Expecting West Ham to be good at home and a handful for any side, will win more than they lose as a result.
Vic Daniels: 9th - Sam continues to make progress, with Nolan motivating the team and Carroll top scorer with over 20 goals.
Mathew Nash: 9th - You may not be a fan of Sam Allardyce style,l but you can't deny it is effective. The addition of Andy Carroll on a permanent deal is an exceptional piece of business and The Hammers should be comfortable survivors.
Graham Morris: 10th - Big Sam consistently punches above his weight and with David Sullivan suggesting more signings may be imminent West Ham should be on track for a solid season.
Dan Coombs: 11th - West Ham's season depends on Andy Carroll staying fit, and continuing to hold onto midfielder Diame. But Sam Allardyce is a master in grinding out results, and a few important transfers before deadline day can give them an important boost. Another solid season lies ahead.
Nick Harris: 11th - Sam Allardyce will always send out an organised effective Premier League side, and with Andy Carroll likely to go from strength to strength next season, the Hammers should be challenging for the top half.
Callum Farrell: 13th - Sam Allardyce has created a team which is built in his usual successful model, but it lacks much of the imagination and quality to get much higher up in the Premier League. Many of their rivals have tried to evolve a more technical style of play, but West Ham look resigned to dropping crosses onto Andy Carroll’s head.
Jenny Leigh: 13th - I think if Big Sam can get Carroll back on form, they’ll be dangerous. They’ll be the toughest team to break down, and dangerous on the break. Just one injury to a key player could be very costly. I expect them to settle for a lot of draws.
Jamie Allen: 14th - Allardyce’s tactics are effective against most opposition, effective enough to gain another season’s stay in the top flight.
Alan Dawson: 14th - I used to compare Sam Allardyce’s ability to ensure survival to a zombie apocolypse film. So, by the end of the season, expect Big Sam to have the virus-riddled head of every manager of the teams listed below him impaled on a stick. And yes, he’ll score with the sexy chick.
Gareth McKnight: 14th - I think West Ham might struggle slightly, but shouldn’t be in danger of relegation. Their home form will keep them out of the dogfight, but they lack the quality to get into top half.
Lewis Doe: 15th - You know what you’re going to get from West Ham, which is a direct style of play, good home form and inconsistency away from Upton Park. They should, however, be comfortably safe.
Vincent Ralph: 17th - The Hammers will do alright, they will be hard to beat, and Sam Allardyce will do what needs to be done to avoid relegation. But only just. Razvan Rat is a good signing, as is the permanent deal for Andy Carroll, and yet other clubs have been far more aggressive in the transfer window and that could make all the difference come May.
Where do you think West Ham United will finish ?
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