West Ham away form is crucial to European ambition

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West Ham continued to display their impressive form with another vital away win against West Brom on Tuesday that keeps them just one point behind fourth place.

The Hammers have been playing beyond expectations at times this campaign, beating the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground, but it has been their away record that has been even more conspicuous.

Great record

Sam Allardyce’s outfit are joint third in the table going on away form alone, their three wins, two draws and two defeats is only bettered by Manchester City and the runaway leaders Chelsea.

Picking up 11 points from a possible 21 on the road is a great achievement, especially considering the side only managed to claim 16 throughout the whole of the last campaign.

They are also having no problems finding the net on their travels either having scored 14 goals in just seven games, five more than what they have at home (9), and this is crucial to their new found away-day success.

Attacking flair

West Ham have been excellent all season and their flair in attack is a major reason as to why they are now such a threat, particularly away.

Only Manchester City (124) have created more chances away from home than the Hammers (82) this season which is a huge indication of just how confident they have become through the new signings. It is also only Manuel Pelligrini’s men that have had more shots on the road (150) than West Ham (105) so far.

But, no team has scored more set piece goals (6) than the Irons have away from home this season. The east London outfit are simply lethal going forward at present and are causing every side they face problems with their creativity, aerial prowess and willingness to shoot.

Downing pivotal

One man that has been the standout performer for West Ham during their travels is Stewart Downing. No player has created more chances away from home than him (22, including four assists) in the league this season. Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas is next on 20, with four assists.

The 30-year-old has been rejuvenated playing in a central-attacking role for Allardyce this term and has thrived there, dictating the play and driving the Hammers forward. His vision and delivery from set pieces has also been key to the side picking up points.

If they can keep up this impressive away form, combined with their pretty consistent home performances, they will be in with a very good chance of securing a European place come May.

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