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Ex-West Ham striker makes Premier League prediction amid Europa Conference League 'distraction'

Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee has predicted that David Moyes will once again guide the club to a comfortable mid-table finish.

The Hammers narrowly missed out on sixth last season, finishing in the UEFA Europa Conference League spot and once again qualifying for Europe.

Unbeaten in four Conference League games this season, that form has not translated to the Premier League where David Moyes' side sit 18th after seven games.

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West Ham have lost five games, drawn one and won once in what has been seen as a disappointing start to a season after reaching the UEFA Europa League semi-final last season.

For Cottee, who predicted the club to finish between seventh and tenth this season, relegation is not something the club need to worry despite their poor start to this season, although he says going the distance in the Europa Conference League could affect their league form.

"I said at the start 7th to 10th and I'm sticking with that, ever the optimist," Cottee said. "But if the current form carries on they could easily be between 7th and 15th.

"I don't see them in relegation trouble, I do think they might get distracted by the Europa Conference League and I hope they do because I want them to win it. The fans love the trips to Europe and so do I. But mid-table is where I see them finishing."

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