EPL: Why West Ham's Good Start to the Season Will End Soon

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  Kevin Nolan of West Ham celebrates with team mate Yossi Benayoun after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at Boleyn Ground on October 20, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Out of all the clubs that sit in the top 10 in the EPL, West Ham United have gotten the least amount of recognition for their spot in the table.

Currently, that spot is sixth place as the Hammers have 14 points are only out of a Europa League position because Tottenham currently have a better goal differential.

The main reason for the hot start by the newly promoted side is the weak schedule they have played so far. In their first eight matches of the EPL season, the highest placed club in the table that the Hammers have faced is eighth place Fulham. In those eight matches, the Hammers have won four, drawn two and lost two.

The four wins have come against three clubs bound for the relegation fight, Southampton, QPR and Aston Villa, with the fourth coming against Fulham.

West Ham are following the philosophy of beating the clubs that you are supposed to beat as they will face a struggle in the upcoming weeks to find points.

After Saturday's road trip to the DW Stadium to play 16th place Wigan, Sam Allardyce's club face a stretch of 10 matches where they will face the top five clubs in the EPL table along with Newcastle, Arsenal, Stoke, Liverpool and West Brom.

In that set of matches, Allardyce and company will have to rely on their home form at Upton Park, where they have earned 10 of their 14 points this season.

The bad news about their home form is that their one loss at Upton Park this season was to the best club they faced was Arsenal who beat the Hammers convincingly 3-1 on October 6th.

There is no doubt that West Ham will be in trouble after this stretch of matches. It ends on Boxing Day with a trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal.

If West Ham perform poorly during this stretch do not be surprised to hear calls for Allardyce to be sacked and for pundits to question what went wrong with this club.

The reason why West Ham are not getting a ton of attention is because everyone knows the grueling stretch of fixtures the club are about to encounter.