West Ham recovered well from their poor start to the season, but go into the international break on something of a downer.
That disappointing 1-0 defeat against Brighton will linger over the club until they’re back in action on 20 October.
But how will the Hammers fare on their return to action? We’ve taken a look at the club’s next five fixtures in all competitions to examine their chances of getting back on track…
20 October – Tottenham (H)
The Hammers showed themselves capable of raising their performance level for the big matches last month; they’ll need to do the same to get back on track against Spurs after the international break.
However, there’s no reason to be scared of Tottenham right now; they have been hit hard by post World Cup fatigue and injuries which have impacted the team’s form.
The international break may help ease that burden, but West Ham can get something from this game. 1-1.
27 October – Leicester (A)
Foxes manager Claude Puel cannot seem to inspire any kind of consistency from his side.
That offers West Ham an opportunity, but of course they must be prepared for the threat of Jamie Vardy on the counter attack.
This one is a winnable match, especially if confidence has been restored by a result against Spurs. 2-1 to West Ham.
31 October – Tottenham (H) – EFL Cup
Manuel Pellegrini has a great record in the EFL Cup, having won it twice in his time at Manchester City.
There is little doubt it represents the club’s best chance of silverware this season; with Liverpool and Manchester United already out and the opportunity to knock out another member of the top six.
Mauricio Pochettino notoriously does not take the competition particularly seriously; with this game coming just 48 hours after Spurs host Manchester City, he is likely to make changes.
That should offer the Hammers the opportunity to progress. 2-1 to the home side.
3 November – Burnley (H)
The corresponding fixture last season was the day when West Ham’s campaign plunged its lowest depth.
The 3-0 home defeat to Sean Dyche’s high-flying team was the precursor for bedlam in the stands, with fans venting their anger at the board and storming onto the pitch.
The landscape has changed this season though; the Hammers have found greater harmony and the Clarets are struggling for form somewhat.
This one should be a home banker but is yet another test of West Ham’s consistency. Burnley don’t give much away for nothing; so perhaps a narrow 1-0.
10 November – Huddersfield (A)
The bottom half of the Premier League tends to be much of a muchness, but this season Cardiff and Huddersfield look a level below the rest.
That’s not to say that the trip to face the Terriers is a forgone conclusion; but it is a good opportunity to get three points on the road.
David Wagner’s side tend to be toothless, so a clean sheet is also on the cards. 2-0 to the Hammers to round off a successful period before the final international break of 2018.