West Ham

How can West Ham can qualify for the Champions League?

Tom Gott
West Ham were pushing for the Champions League
West Ham were pushing for the Champions League / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

West Ham are absolutely flying under David Moyes and they had been desperate to take that next step and qualify for the Champions League.

Unfortunately for the Hammers, they haven't managed to maintain the same level of fight they showed earlier in the season. Results have slumped in the Premier League and Eintracht Frankfurt dumped them out of the Europa League, meaning Europe's top competition is now out of reach.

Here's the state of play for West Ham as they target more European action for the 2022/23 season.

Premier League

West Ham looked like they were going to squeeze into the top four a few months back, but fatigue and the form of competitors Arsenal and Tottenham have caught up with them.

Moyes' men are down in seventh in the Premier League and 11 points adrift of the top four with only two games to go. It means the best they can do is sixth, which would only be good enough for the Europa League.

For them to overtake Manchester United who currently hold that position, they'll need victories against Manchester City and Brighton in their final two matches. Should they remain seventh, they'll qualify for the dreaded Europa Conference League play-off round, where they could face Astra Giurgiu. Just kidding - they're not even in Romania's top flight any more.

West Ham Premier League fixtures

  • West Ham vs Man City (16:30) - 15/05/22
  • Brighton vs West Ham (16:00) - 22/05/22

Europa League

Fighting on both the top four and Europa League fronts ultimately took its toll on the Hammers.

Having ousted Sevilla and Lyon in Europe's secondary competition, West Ham were favourites for the trophy but came up against a stiff Eintracht Frankfurt side in the semi-finals.

A slender victory for the German side in the first leg meant it was all to play for in the return fixture, but Aaron Cresswell's red card put Frankfurt in the driving seat of the tie. They ultimately recorded a 3-1 aggregate win to set up a final against Rangers, dumping the Irons out in cruel fashion.