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OPINION: We need to get these points

Three easy games in the Premier League before we face Liverpool... We have to be better.

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Joe Hart of West Ham United
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Looking at the upcoming fixtures for West Ham United and it’s looking pretty good so far. Burnley away, Brighton and Hove Albion at home and a visit to Selhurst Park where we take on Crystal Palace on the 28th of October. Nine points up for grabs from our next three games. Can we actually do it though...?

Burnley has always been a game we can look forward to. Last season, we held them to a 0-0 draw before Mark Noble’s penalty put us 1-0 up at the London Stadium. In the reverse fixture, West Ham traveled to Turf Moor for the final game of the Premier League season where we won the game 2-1 thanks to Andre Ayew and Sofiane Feghouli. That was also after our defense conceded a goal through Sam Vokes.

Burnley v West Ham United - Premier League
Manuel Lanzini for West Ham United against Burnley in the final game of the 2016/17 Premier League season
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According to the official Premier League app (for Android and iOS), their head-to-head stats have 6 Premier League games played with West Ham winning 5 of them. Based on those stats, we can assume we will win that, however their 1-0 win over Everton does concern me a bit... Including that new Kiwi striker they bought.

Brighton and Hove Albion is an entirely different kettle of fish. According to 11v11.com, they have West Ham United winning 18 games against Brighton, with 14 draws and 15 losses throughout the 47 meetings of the two clubs.

As the newly promoted side, we should theoretically trounce the Seagulls, however if history has taught me anything, it’s that you can never be sure of anything in football. Brighton currently reside in 14th on the points table after 7 games with just 7 points, however they have been somewhat classy about their football. This will be an interesting game to play as Brighton and Hove boss Chris Houghton will be eager to cut his teeth on some equal opponents for this fixture.

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Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Houghton
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And for good reason. With both teams on such an equal footing at the moment, it’ll be interesting to see who will play the better football, be the better side and eventually pick up those valuable points.

Roy Hodgson and his Crystal Palace side are living rough at the moment. Bottom of the League with no points whatsoever at the moment, and it’s not exactly looking any better for the Eagles as they host Chelsea at home in the next fixture of the Premier League.

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Roy Hodgson shakes hands with Jose Mourinho of Manchester United
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Some would say they have a break ahead as Palace then play Newcastle United, however their clash against West Ham could prove to be somewhat difficult, provided West Ham escape injuries and suspensions and whatnot.

However, the one thing which is concerning me slightly is the ongoing reports in the media as to who is set to replace Slaven Bilic at the end of the season. While I have done one here on Brace The Hammer, the calibre of manager mainstream media is claiming to be headed to West Ham United is simply ridiculous, and rather off-putting to the Manager, the players and the wider West Ham community.

So, with the next few games looking good, what are my initial thoughts surrounding them? I can see West Ham picking up an easy 7 points. A draw against Burnley, then a win against Brighton and Hove Albion followed by a win against Crystal Palace, pending Roy Hodgson remains in charge at Selhurst Park.