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West Ham continue their best ever start to a Premier League season

West Ham United continued their best ever start to a Premier League season with a 1-1 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

The Hammers have amassed an impressive 28 points from their opening 16 games, which is their best total in the top flight at this stage for 29 years.

Their previous best start came when they had 29 points from their opening 16 fixtures in the 1985/86 season.

To put it in to perspective, Diafra Sakho, their top goalscorer in the Premier League at the moment, wasn’t even born when that happened.

Manager Sam Allardyce has come under pressure in the past and a stuttering start to the season made it look like he was going to be in for another year of being questioned, but a run of ten games with just one defeat has turned the tide.

They are currently now sitting nicely in fourth position in the table and are well on course to mount a serious challenge to try and qualify for Europe next season, although they will face stiff competition from those around them.

West Ham’s top five best starts to a Premier League season:

WHU start to season

They host Leicester City next weekend before a tough Christmas test arrives in the shape of a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Boxing Day. They then welcome Arsenal to Upton Park two days later.

If the Irons find themselves sitting in the top four come the new year, then they will certainly fancy their chances of maintaining their form for the second half of the campaign.

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)
MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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