West Ham have a very favourable fixture list over the next two and a half months. Manuel Pellegrini’s side play just one of the ‘big six’ before the 23rd of November.
That game comes at home against Manchester United next week, but other than the Red Devils, the Hammers really do have a massive opportunity to make inroads at the top of the table.
Following their away trip to Aston Villa on Monday night, they face United at the London Stadium before they travel to the South Coast to play Bournemouth.
In October, a home game against Crystal Palace is followed by an away fixture at Everton. Consecutive matches at home versus Sheffield United and Newcastle are then followed by a game at Turf Moor against Burnley.
The eight-game run in the league will give us a massive indication as to where Manuel Pellegrini’s side end up in the table this season. After convincing wins against Watford and Norwich, the Irons should be confident of getting the three points in most of these matches.
It is particularly important considering the fixtures that West Ham will play after the final international break of the year in November. The Hammers face Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in a six-game run, with away trips to Wolves and Southampton in between.
That run of fixtures places extra emphasis on the next eight games as no supporter will want to head into those matches without some points on the board. It could otherwise make it a very tough Christmas and New Year if the Irons can’t make hay when the sun is shining.
Saying that, West Ham’s home record last campaign against the best in the division wasn’t that bad. With only the Chelsea match away from the London Stadium, the Hammers shouldn’t be fretting over the schedule too much.
The momentum, though, that could be generated from a positive run of results cannot be underestimated. West Ham are currently seventh after four games played, but they could realistically keep their position in the table or even improve upon it by the time we reach the twelve game mark.
Considering the very positive performance against Norwich, keeping a clean sheet and being a very real threat in the final third of the pitch, there is every chance that this team can make a very positive start to the campaign.