A supercomputer has predicted each team’s likelihood of winning the Europa League and West Ham are fourth favourites with a 10% chance, as per Five Thirty-Eight.
The prediction was made after today’s (March 18) quarter and semi-final draw that tasked the Hammers with Ligue 1 side Lyon followed by Eintracht Frankfurt or Barcelona should they go through.
David Moyes’ side have a 56% chance of reaching the semis according to the computer but only a 26% of progressing all the way to the final thanks to potentially facing the favourites in Barcelona.
Atalanta and RB Leipzig are the other two teams that sit above the Irons in the predicted table.
Everyone knows the Hammers aren’t the favourites. West Ham haven’t been taken seriously all season but now teams are starting to take notice as they remain in the top four battle but more importantly, cause upsets on one of the biggest stages in world football.
Moyes and the players won’t be bothered about the chance some fancy computer gives them of winning the Europa League. If anything, they will relish being the underdogs, as they always do.
Irons won’t be able to contain their excitement when thinking ahead to the Lyon clashes in April. If they cruised past Sevilla as easily as they did over two legs without Jarrod Bowen and a barely fit Michail Antonio, imagine what they could do with the star duo at their best.
For now though, all attention reverts back to the Premier League with a huge crunch match against Tottenham on the horizon.