PURPLE PATCH: West Ham United can leapfrog Liverpool if they beat the Reds this Sunday after an impressive run of form which we analyse in this week’s Purple Patch.
Only a handful of teams can match the form shown by West Ham so far this season.
David Moyes’ side have won 10 of their 15 games in all competitions this term, including impressive wins over Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester United, while they have only lost twice.
Their 20 points from 10 games in the league represents their best ever start to a Premier League season after 10 matches and it sees them sit only five points adrift of leaders Chelsea in fourth.
Hammers forward Michail Antonio is a handful for any defence, and he is having by far his best season in a claret and blue shirt, scoring seven times in 11 appearances so far.
Six of those have come in the league, with the remaining 14 of the Hammer’s league goals being scored by eight other players, showing the depth and range of ability in their squad. West Ham’s 20 goals in the league this term is bettered only by Liverpool and Chelsea.
However, Moyes has also built a team that are hard to break down, as they have only conceded 11 times in the Premier League this season, giving them the joint-fifth meanest defence in the league.
Much of their success has been built around the defensive midfield duo of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, who play a vital role in breaking down their opponent’s rhythm and shielding the back four.
Upcoming games in November against Liverpool and Manchester City will test the Hammers’ resolve but in their current form they are a match for anyone.