WHU Barometer – New Season New Target
The West Ham barometer is back for the new season and raring to go with new targets based on last season’s finish.
So, what is the West Ham barometer?
The barometer is most useful early to mid season to assess how our current season is panning out compared to the previous season.
It compares last season’s results against the current season’s and then project’s West Ham’s final points total and approximates what that total will achieve.
So, the season starts with us projecting the same amount of points as last season. Whereby, in most season’s 56 points would see us finish in the top half and just outside of Europe.
A barometer is traditionally a weather gauge, so we have also aligned the weather terms to how supporters may be feeling about the season. This ranges from stormy if we are tipping relegation, to being in a heatwave if we are predicting Champions League.
How does the barometer work?
After each match, we compare the result and the barometer is adjusted, with the rest of the season’s unplayed games predicted as the same score as last season.
We drew with City at home 2-2 last season. So, if we lose to City then we will be one point worse off than last season and one point will be deducted from the projection. If we win then we will be two points better off meaning the projection will be two points higher, and so forth.
The big difference with the barometer, is that it’s a comparison based on the teams we have played and therefore not just a measure of X points from X games.
Promoted teams replace relegated teams in order of 21/22 league position. Therefore, Fulham for Burnley, Bournemouth for Watford, and Forest for Norwich.
The start to this season is going to be very tough in barometer terms as the corresponding fixtures for the first five games were pretty successful last year, bringing us 11 points from a possible 15.
So, don’t be too disheartened if we do start slow, there will be time to make this up. There’s the six points we lost to Brentford last season for a start.