West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is certain his players will produce a similar performance to their last two away fixtures and perhaps spring a surprise on Manchester City on Saturday.
The Hammers have produced remarkable away victories this season with a 2-0 win at Arsenal and a 3-0 victory against Liverpool at Anfield, their first win there in 56 years.
Former Besiktas boss Bilic insists his players have a good chance of getting some points from City, who have a 100% record in the league and are yet to concede a goal after five games.
“It will be a surprise if we go there and cause an upset,” said Bilic of the match on Saturday evening (September 19).
“City have scored 11 goals, are yet to concede and are cruising in this early stage. They already have a gap in the league after five games. But it wouldn’t be a shock if we did surprise them considering we have done it already against Arsenal and Liverpool.
“They are the favourites, but I’m expecting us to have a good game and to have a good game we have to make chances.”
Since replacing Sam Allardyce as West Ham chief Bilic has endured a rollercoaster of a season.
He had to contend with the early rounds of the Europa League, suffered two unexpected defeats against Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth, while accumulating three wins, with the most recent against Newcastle United.
“I didn’t expect to pick up wins against Arsenal and Liverpool and lose against Bournemouth and Leicester, but I would not swap those two historical victories,” said the ex-Croatia national team coach.
“We needed to beat Newcastle just to get that home win under our belts. In every game, you try to win or gain something but it’s inevitable you will lose more away games than at home. In the whole league there were many teams who haven’t won at home but it won’t stay like that.”
The Irons will have to travel to the Etihad without centre half Angelo Ogbonna. The £8.6million summer recruit from Juventus picked up a hamstring strain meaning he will be sidelined for about three weeks.
Meanwhile fellow summer signing Pedro Obiang, who also arrived from Italy’s Serie A at Sampdoria, is a doubt with an ankle knock.