Three reasons West Ham will make the top four this season

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West Ham United are three points off the Champions League places with seven games to go. Here's three reasons they'll do it.

By beating Arsenal - The Hammers will perhaps feel a little downbeat after a couple of controversial refereeing decisions cost them four points in their last two outings - points that would have moved them inside the top four.

But a(nother) win over Arsenal would be the ideal tonic, and could kick-start one final push towards Champions League qualification.

The third-placed Gunners may take some catching themselves, though a four-point gap would be far from insurmountable.

Fate - It's been a bizarre season all-round, with Leicester and Tottenham the current top two and last season's champions, Chelsea, barely out of the bottom half.

West Ham in the top-four would really round things off, in what will be the club's final season at the old Boleyn.

First year in the Olympic Stadium, first time in the Champions League. Fitting, don't you think?

They'd be in there already if it wasn't for... Dimitri Payet's injury.

The Frenchman is the Hammers' talisman, of that there is no question. This was evidenced during his spell on the sidelines at the end of 2015.

Of the seven games Payet missed, United won only one - averaging 1.14 points per game. With him in the team, that figure rises to 1.8.

As things stand he's fit and firing (touch wood).

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