West Ham United travel to Fulham on Saturday looking to make it four wins in a row.
The Hammers have turned their season around after picking up three wins in a week.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have hit three goals in each of those wins, the first time West Ham have managed such a feat since 1982.
Hammers form does not bode well for Fulham
It does not bode well for Fulham, who have conceded the second highest number of goals in history at this stage of a Premier League season.
Claudio Ranieri’s side sit bottom of the league and only a victory with an eight-goal swing can lift them out of the relegation places on Saturday.
West Ham go into the game as favourites while Fulham shipped four against Manchester United last time out.
And West Ham’s players are clearly feeling renewed confidence too.
Fit, happy, hungry and confident
Speaking to West Ham’s official website young star Declan Rice’s hunger for more comes as an ominous warning to the Cottagers.
“I’m feeling fit and nine points from three games in a week means I’m feeling happy,” Rice told whufc.com.
“We’ve got Fulham next and we’ll look forward to that.
“It’s a chance to get another three points and that’s what we going to try to do.”
Rice means no disrespect to Fulham of course.
West Ham on the up but Pellegrini must guard against complacency
But it is a measure of how far West Ham have come under Pellegrini of late that they are approaching an away game with such ambition.
Fulham may be bottom but there have been signs of improvement under Ranieri at Craven Cottage.
They won his first game in charge against Southampton 3-2 and drew 1-1 with his old side Leicester but have suffered defeats to Chelsea and Manchester United on the road.
So while Rice is right to be confident, West Ham must be aware of their improving hosts and not allow complacency to creep in.