Having said that, they have also had to face Liverpool and Arsenal in that period, with a loss to Bournemouth in between being the only performance that should potentially worry fans this early into the campaign.
Pellegrini’s main dilemma has been figuring out who will play in central midfield: an initial pairing of Mark Noble and Jack Wilshere has looked predictably insecure, with the manager experimenting last week with the more defensively minded Carlos Sánchez complementing Wilshere.
Meanwhile, Marko Arnautović faces a late fitness test to be eligible to start up top for the Hammers.
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