The international break offers West Ham a break from their struggling Premier League season so far.
However, Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to use the time to come up with a plan of action to turn around his spluttering side.
After the hiatus, West Ham face three more tough games; Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United. The Hammers will be looking for their first points of the season, but how will they get on? We’ve taken a closer look…
Everton – Away
First up is a trip to Goodison Park. Marco Silva has made the Toffees more potent in attack since taking over from Sam Allardyce, with seven goals scored already.
However, the Toffees do leak goals at the other end. They remain unbeaten, but have three draws to their name.
After the international break, the Hammers should be fired up to get something and another tie for the Toffees looks most likely. 1-1.
Chelsea – Home
West Ham’s home results have been the most disappointing aspect of their season so far, and a visit from Maurizio Sarri’s revamped Blues is West Ham’s toughest assignment at the London Stadium so far this term.
David Moyes guided the Hammers to victory at home over Chelsea last time around, but the early signs have been good for Sarri so far.
The safe bet would be a narrow Chelsea win, but if Pellegrini gets a result at Everton, confidence should go up. That could see West Ham take something from the Blues, too.
Manchester United – Home
Jose Mourinho is under-fire and all is not well at Manchester United. Even their win over Burnley was complicated by Marcus Rashford’s red card and Romelu Lukaku’s profligacy.
It was the Clarets’ timid performance more than the Reds’ quality that earned that win. That means the visit of United represents an opportunity to get a win on the board.
Pellegrini had a good record against United as Manchester City manager and the Reds do not tend to play well at the London Stadium. 1-0 West Ham. Five points from the next nine available would lift the mood considerably.