West Ham's Under-21s could go top of the Premier League this evening

West Ham United’s Under-21 side can go top of the Premier League with victory over Norwich City this evening.

The Hammers’ youth team takes on Norwich City later and a win will put the side a point ahead of Sunderland after seven games.

West Ham’s Under-21 team have made a decent start to the season with a solid record of four wins, one draw and one defeat from their matches played so far.

They will be looking for more consistency because that draw and defeat have been sprinkled in between victories for the club over the last five matches.

The defence looks solid with only nine goals conceded this season while the attack has produced 14 goals, which has been bettered by only five other sides; Newcastle United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Sunderland.

They were also very unfortunate to suffer that single defeat which came in a 3-2 loss at home against Tottenham Hotspur.

They should be confident because their last three wins have all been hard fought victories by a single goal, with the match at Newcastle last month particularly difficult as West Ham ran out 5-4 eventual winners.

Elliott Lee will be looking to continue his good form in West Ham colours this season with a strike rate of a goal per game and support will come from the midfield in the form of George Moncur (three goals in six games) and American Sebastian Lletget (three goals in five games).

Their opponents have been hit and miss so far this season, either winning or losing their matches with three wins and three defeats altogether.

The Canaries will be confident after a 1-0 win in their last fixture against Leicester City but they are the lowest scorers in the top ten with only seven goals from their six matches so far.

There are two main threats that West Ham will need to close down from Norwich; Jamaican striker Jamar Loza who has three goals in six games so far and midfielder Jacob Murphy who is playing at a strike rate of one goal every three games.

West Ham will definitely be the favourites as they have home advantage and if they can win this home fixture they’ll go top for at least until Tottenham and Liverpool play their games in hand.

The match kick-off is 19:00 this evening.

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