West Ham will be playing their final game at the Boleyn Ground tonight, and it’s set to be an emotional farewell as they attempt to beat Manchester United.
It’s been the home of football for West Ham for over 100 years, but West Ham are on the up, and going from strength to strength and are moving into the newly refurbished Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 season, which they are set to call home indefinitely.
West Ham have had a fantastic season thus far, which is only fitting for what this season ultimately represents for them, the beginning of a transition where the sky’s the limit.
Standing in their way of glory and a fond farewell to their spiritual home tonight is a Manchester United side hungry for a European berth. Winning boosts their chances of securing 4th place, as they will have to follow up a win tonight with wins against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace respectively.
Though they don’t want to spoil the party, ultimately, that is their goal.
They are in good form going into tonight’s match against West Ham, they haven’t lost in 6 games, including a draw with League winners Leicester City which is no mean feat, and during this run have secured themselves a place in the FA cup final.
West Ham had been in the hunt for a place in the Champions League themselves, but a recent run of consecutive draws against top quality opponents has left this dream somewhat out of sight, and the fans still blowing bubbles, so they will want to win tonight in order to secure a place in the Europa League for their first season at the Olympic Stadium.
Tensions will be high tonight. West Ham vs. Manchester United often creates fireworks, and it is only right that the final game at the Boleyn is one full of passion with both sides trying to win.
Though both sides will be desperate for a win tonight for differing reasons, West Ham will be desperate to avoid repeating their recent performance at home against Swansea at all costs, and I can see them being led from the front by an emotional Mark Noble. Because of this I see West Ham winning tonight 3-2 tonight in a tightly contested game and a fitting finale to football at the Boleyn….but then again I am a West Ham fan, so what do I know?
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