There are crunch showdowns at the Emirates and at Bramall Lane while Manchester City already look imperious

Winning the Conference League did not do much to lift the pressure on David Moyes after an underwhelming domestic season, but the clouds look to be lifting. New signings have joined to bolster the ranks and only two points have been dropped in three matches, to put the Hammers second behind Manchester City. Things could hardly be going better. One problem Moyes will soon face is European football, an activity that hindered West Ham’s league form last season. To limit its impact, picking up points in winnable matches – such as Friday’s trip to Kenilworth Road – will be crucial. At this stage last season, West Ham had failed to muster a point and they collected only four from their opening seven matches. They have the foundations to build on this time around and Luton’s first Premier League fixture at Kenilworth Road will be a tricky prospect, but a confident West Ham will not want to lose what they have worked hard to build. Will Unwin

Luton v West Ham, Friday 8pm (all times BST)

Sheffield United v Everton, Saturday 12.30pm

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