West Ham supporters have been reasonably buoyant in the Transfer Tavern in recent times given their side’s recent upturn in form, which continued with a battling 1-1 draw away at Burnley on Saturday despite playing over an hour with just ten men.

Slaven Bilic’s men went into their clash at Turf Moor having won just two of their opening seven matches, but had lost just one of their preceding four games before facing Sean Dyche’s Clarets. And they looked on course for a first away victory of the campaign when Michail Antonio gave them a 19th minute lead, yet Andy Carroll’s red card eight minutes later brought a Burnley onslaught which eventually saw the hosts level five minutes from time thanks to Chris Wood’s fine header.

Nonetheless, it was a performance met with satisfaction from several of our resident Hammers fans, and they will hope to take that optimism and confidence into their clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night.

Chris Hughton’s men sit a place above Bilic’s side in the table but have also won two and drawn two of their opening eight matches, the latest being a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Everton on Sunday.

However, they have picked up just one point on the road so far this season and as such West Ham will be confident of recording a third victory of the campaign at the London Stadium on Friday night.

And here are THREE reasons why they will do just that…