It’s “Hammer Time”, a musical phrase brought to you by MC Hammer and one that gets Lewis Hamilton revved up to close out Formula 1 races, it should also be something West Ham United consider ahead of their clash against Huddersfield Town.
The Hammers are on the brink of some very dark days if their form continues. They are currently bottom of the Premier League ladder, have scored just twice and conceded 10 times. If they fall victim to the raging Terriers this weekend, history pretty much destines them to be relegated.
Here is why. Firstly, this is just the second season West Ham have started with three defeats, the last time it happened was 2010-11 and they were relegated. Secondly, three of the last four teams to have started with a quartet of Premier League losses also faced the drop. That leaves West Ham in a very precarious position if history was the dictator of their future.
History tends to have a funny way of repeating itself. However, fortunately for the Hammers, there is some old positive old memories where Huddersfield Town are concerned.
This will be the first time the two sides have met in the league since 1972. On that day in March, West Ham ran out 3-0 victors at Upton Park. Adding on to that result was also a League Cup fixture in 1997-98, where West Ham managed to move past the Terriers in another convincing victory, this time 3-1 on aggregate. It is evident history seems to favour the Hammers in this particular tie, and from Huddersfield’s point of view it is a little grim too.
Despite the Terriers impressive start to life in the Premier League, it could all fall to pieces this weekend. Huddersfield Town have never won back-to-back away matches in England’s top-flight football, not since the closing two games of the 1955-56 campaign.
Yet again in an odd way, history points to a West Ham victory. Considering the quality of the personnel among the Hammers’ locker room, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be competitive, especially against a newly promoted side. The pressure is surely beginning to mount against Slaven Bilic, if it has not hit a boiling point already. Three points is an absolute must for the Hammers this weekend, it could see them move above the relegation zone.
It will also kept the negative history from infecting the rest of their season. Yes, we know that is a very sensationalised way to look at it, but what can we say, the facts tend to speak for themselves. Obviously a loss doesn’t mean they will fail in their quest this season, it is a very long season, however, West Ham will not want to spend the plethora of remaining months chasing the rest of the pack and trying to escape the claws of the Championship.
Tony Gale: "The players have got to do it for him (Bilic) on Monday, it's a real pressure game and they've got to rise to the occasion." pic.twitter.com/70QZzIO7YD
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) September 7, 2017