By Dominic Toner
West Ham are in danger of being drawn into a serious relegation scrap this season as they face a tough set of fixtures after the international break.
The Hammers are currently 17th in the Premier League and just a point above Hull in the relegation places.
Slaven Bilic’s side have made a poor start to the new season since their move to the London stadium and will not be helped by their upcoming matches.
West Ham face an away match against London rivals Tottenham in the league after the international break, who are currently the only unbeaten side in the division.
Bilic’s side then face consecutive away matches against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in the league and EFL Cup quarter-finals.
They then begin December with a home match against fourth-placed Arsenal before travelling away to face current league leaders Liverpool.
The Londoners are lining up against some of the league’s top sides in their next games and could be deep in the relegation places after the opening 15 league matches.
West Ham’s disappointing start has come as a huge surprise after they finished seventh-placed in the Premier League last season, earning a spot in the Europa League knockout rounds.
Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu eliminated the Hammers from Europe in August and that epitomises their beginning to the season.
Bilic’s side have recorded three wins against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Sunderland in the league, with all of the games finishing 1-0, but earned a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Stoke on Saturday.