West Ham have been given a tough run of fixtures in November and December.
West Ham fans expectation's have risen dramatically over the past year
The fixtures for the new 2016/17 Premier League season were announced this morning, and West Ham United fans would have been waiting in anticipation to see who the first visitors would be to their new home.
Bournemouth were revealed to be the first team West Ham would be hosting in August. However, once the fixtures were released, it was a four-game run starting in late November that caught the eye for the Hammers. It is a run of fixtures that could turn out to define their season just before they head into Christmas.
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The four-game horror run starts on November 19 with a trip to White Hart Lane to take on fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur. That is followed by Manchester United away, Arsenal at home and then a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool.
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Now, at first thought, its is a run that could fill even the most positive supporters with dread, but there is no reason why West Ham fans should not be embracing this three-week period with confidence.
Last season, the East London club earned five points from those four fixtures, beating Liverpool away, drawing at Man United, losing at Spurs, and drawing at home with Arsenal. They also won away at Manchester City and Arsenal, so there is no reason why they should not approach these games believing that they can win.
More of the same will be needed this season, as expectation levels have grown among the fans, and they will now be expected to go to places like Anfield and Old Trafford, and at the very least be able to compete.
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