West Ham’s 2020/21 season got off to a disappointing start with things not getting any easier for David Moyes due to their unrelenting schedule.
The Hammers put in a poor performance as they lost 2-0 to Newcastle at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
There is growing discontent among fans as West Ham look set for another relegation battle, having fought against the drop all last term.
David Moyes’ side have signed only one player so far this summer, bringing in Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal, following a successful loan spell, while there have been several outgoings.
The sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom, a possible relegation rival this season, irked the club’s fan base and even club captain Mark Noble.
Chelsea also look set to test West Ham’s resolve with a bid for Declan Rice and they may be forced to accept in order to fund other transfers.
Moyes desperately wants defensive reinforcements with bids for Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski rejected.
The Hammers will need signings if they have any aspirations to maintain their Premier League status.
And they could be bottom of the table and without any points until the penultimate month of 2020!
Their next six fixtures feature matches against six of the teams who finished in the top eight last season.
West Ham’s next six Premier League games
Arsenal (a) – Sept 19
Wolves (h) – Sept 27
Leicester (a) – Oct 3
Tottenham (a) – Oct 17
Man City (h) – Oct 24
Liverpool (a) – Oct 31
There are two tough London derbies against Arsenal and Tottenham Moyes has to contend with. Both are away from home.
In total, four of the six games are away for the London Stadium with just Wolves and Man City clashes taking place in east London.
An encounter with reigning Premier League champions Liverpool on the final day of October will end their run of tough fixtures, with a game against relegation favourites Fulham possibly providing some reprieve on November 7.
On paper it’s hard to see where West Ham will pick up points from, and they could realistically reach November having lost seven straight!
Not everyone agrees that West Ham will lose all of those games, however, with former England striker Darren Bent backing the Hammers to grab a surprise point or two along the way.
Bent told Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “I bet you they get something out of one of those games.
“If I remember rightly, at the end of last season people were worrying about West Ham and they beat Chelsea. They managed to get a couple of results.
“Michail Antonio stepped up and he was superb.
“You look at those fixtures and think ‘where are they going to get points from?’ They’ll nick a point here and there.”