When the 2020/21 Premier League fixture list was released in August, West Ham fans were left fearful that their season would be over before it really got going.
Losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle on the opening day of the season was a huge blow too. That was supposed to be our easiest game of the first few months of the new campaign.
After the Magpies came Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester and Tottenham.
After the Magpies came seven points, 11 goals and an impressive grip on ninth-place in the Premier League standings.
Of course, David Moyes’ side lost 2-1 to Arsenal but big wins over Wolves and Leicester, before an impressive comeback to draw 3-3 with Spurs on Sunday, meant West Ham were beating all expectations of themselves.
Other than the Newcastle match, were any of those fixtures deemed as winnable? We don’t think many would have betted on the Irons.
Up next are two more tough fixtures for West Ham. On Saturday the Hammers welcome Manchester City to the London Stadium and on October 31, Moyes’ men face a trip to Anfield to play reigning champions Liverpool.
After Halloween is over, West Ham’s run of nightmare fixtures will also be over.
We’re finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel and several matches where we would expect the Hammers to pick up maximum points if they’re able to dispatch the likes of Wolves and Leicester with ease.
Man City and Liverpool are obviously going to be tough matches and if we lose both of them, at least you have two winnable fixtures that follow in Fulham and Sheffield United.
It’s been an exciting start to the campaign if you’re a West Ham supporter.
For all the unrest among fans over the last year, the players are doing the business on the pitch and putting smiles on our faces.
And we thank them for that.
In other West Ham news, Aaron Cresswell is proud of Manuel Lanzini after he scored the last-minute equaliser against Spurs.