West Ham host Premier League leaders Chelsea at the London Stadium this evening (8pm kick-off) looking to record a fourth league victory of 2017.
Slaven Bilic’s men have won six and drawn three of their last 12 Premier League matches, with their upturn in form absolutely vital as, ahead of those 12 games, the Hammers were 17th in the table and just a point clear of the bottom three.
However, crucial wins over Burnley, Hull, and Swansea over the Christmas period, and then comfortable successes over Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, and Southampton since the turn of the year means that they sit 11th in the division, 11 points clear of danger.
Nonetheless, they will have their work cut out against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who saw their lead at the top cut to seven points on Sunday after second place Tottenham beat Everton 3-2 at White Hart Lane.
The Blues have won 17 of their last 20 league matches, losing just once, although they have won just one of their last four away league games, having lost at Spurs as well as drawing at Liverpool and Burnley.
That will surely give Bilic’s West Ham confidence ahead of tonight’s encounter, so here are THREE reasons why they will pick up the three points at the London Stadium this evening…