Joey Barton suggested on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (7:10am, March 12, 2018) that West Ham United’s next two home matches are key to their chances of escaping the drop to the Championship at the end of the season.
West Ham will face Southampton at the London Stadium on March 31 before facing London rivals Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge on April 8.
David Moyes’s side will then return to action on April 16 when they take on Stoke City at home.
Both the Saints and the Potters are struggling for survival in the Premier League at the moment, and so are West Ham.
Former Rangers and Newcastle United midfielder Rangers believes that the Hammers need to pick up at least four points from their next two home games in order to retain their Premier League status for the 2018-19 campaign.
According to The Guardian, West Ham were interested in signing Barton in the summer of 2015, but the London club pulled out due to fans protesting against the move.
Barton on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (7:10am, March 12, 2018): “Next two home games, Southampton and Stoke, I mean, if they don’t pick up four points from those games, I think they are gone because the run-in is tough.”
West Ham have some very good players, such as Manuel Lanzini, but the team’s results and performances so far have been hugely disappointing.
The Hammers are just three points above the Premier League relegation zone at the moment.