The Belgian centre-half acknowledged how Sam Allardyce’s men made life difficult for us in both meetings last term.
And although we took maximum points off the Hammers last time out – winning 3-1 at the Lane in November and 3-2 at Upton Park in February – Jan knows we’ll have to be at our best to repeat the feat on Sunday afternoon.
“They have a good team, and we had difficult home and away games against them last year,” said the 26-year-old who, along with Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli, joins up with the Belgian national squad next week for their final 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales.
“There are no easy games in the Premier League. West Ham have bought good players, and they’ll want every point so they will come here and defend well.”
Jan also feels it’s important to maintain our good form going into the international break – and admits he would love to be perched atop the pile, if results go our way this weekend.
“We are close to the top of the league now, and I think in home games we always have to show what we are capable of. With a win, we can be top of the league,” he said, additionally praising the whole team’s work ethic.
“I think every player in the team plays his part. We defend like a team and we look very strong, and if we look to score more goals we will do well every game. If we try not to concede any more goals we can look forward to a great season.”