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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has set his side a target of 38 points to make sure they avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
The Hammers, who sit 14th in the table on 31 points with eight games left to play, take on Hull City on Wednesday hoping for a home win following three successive defeats against Everton, Stoke and Manchester United.
Allardyce’s side are six points clear of the bottom three as it stands but, with Sunderland and Swansea also in action over the next couple of days, the relegation picture could change again ahead of the weekend fixtures.
‘Big Sam’ believes 38 points will be enough for the east Londoners to stay up and he will hope they get three of those on the board against Steve Bruce’s side at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday (West Ham 2.39, Hull 2.92, draw 3.23).
“Thirty-eight we’ll need and we’ll try to get more than that as quickly as we can,” he told the club’s official website. “I think 38 points will be needed this year.”
Following the clash against the Tigers, the Hammers face a potentially huge game at Sunderland on Monday before tough clashes against Arsenal and Liverpool after that.