The three months that will decide West Ham’s 2018/19 season
The 2018/19 Premier League fixtures were announced on Thursday morning, and new West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini and Irons fans would have been quick to scan through and see not only when they were facing arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur and their other London neighbours, but also when they have favourable and unfavourable runs on paper.
If the east London club are to guarantee a top-half finish minimum next term under their Chilean boss – who has never finished below seventh when managing in European football – then they will know that a strong start to the campaign could be crucial.
However, that has already been made slightly more difficult for them by the fact that they face trips to Liverpool and Arsenal in August, meaning they will need to stand up and be counted from the opening kick.
With the squad they currently have – and with a few extra additions – the Irons, who are targeting a 5ft 9in star who would have a bigger impact for them than Dimitri Payet and Carlos Tevez – certainly have the capabilities to make a real push for a top-seven finish next term, especially as they have no European football to concentrate on like Burnley and the top six clubs all do.
A look at the fixture list quickly highlights when Pellegrini’s men need to be on their game if they are to have a successful campaign.
Here are the three months that will decide West Ham’s 2018/19 season…