The surprise area West Ham rivals relegation strugglers Newcastle

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West Ham are challenging for a Champions League place, yet are allowing a number of shots which rivals relegation strugglers Newcastle United and Sunderland.

West Ham are mounting a charge for a Champions League spot, inspired by the creative displays of Dimitri Payet, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.

They were unlucky not to beat Chelsea at the weekend, drawing 2-2 after conceding a controversial late penalty.

The Hammers are just one point behind fourth placed Manchester City, and also have a FA Cup quarter final replay at home to Manchester United to look forward to.

Despite their battle to compete at the top of the table, the Hammers are one of the five teams which have allowed the most shots to the opposition in the Premier League this season.

  Shots AllowedGoals Conceded
Newcastle 457 55
Sunderland 457 55
C. Palace 450 40
West Ham 448 35
West Brom 440 37

West Ham have allowed 448 shots to opposing teams, less than 10 behind relegation battlers Newcastle United and Sunderland.

The major difference - and it really is crucial - is that West Ham have conceded 20 fewer goals than the North East rivals.

While just one point separates West Ham and Manchester City, there is a big difference between how many shots the two teams permit, with City allowing the fewest in the Premier League.

  Shot AllowedGoals Conceded
Man City 260 32

Despite allowing 180 more shots than Manchester City, the Hammers have conceded only three more goals, which is testament to the goalkeeping ability of Adrian, who when called upon has been one of their most reliable performers.

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