West Ham defender James Collins believes that the Hammers can secure a Champions League spot this season.
"The confidence is massive - we're on fire at the minute," said the Wales defender.
"Last year a lot of the lads hadn't been in that position.
"The expectation was so high. We took our eye off the ball. But we've signed top- quality international footballers who are used to that pressure.
"We've got the squad to do it. That's the major thing. We've got competition for places in every position.
"We struggled with injuries last year which knock us off track and maybe we weren't as focused as we should have been. But the squad is so improved that if
we're up there at Christmas there's no reason we can't finish there."