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West Ham's form is no fluke

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After becoming only the fourth team to beat Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool away from home in one season, we find West Ham third in the Premier League.

They have produced three incredible away performances where they have shown they are more than capable in all aspects of the game.

After all these games, we have seen quality, clinical finishing, aggression, solidity as a team and the will to fight, a combination this West Ham team have been desperately missing. The question is, can they keep it up? And will their home form improve?

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The feat of betting those three teams, in the top six, away from home is a feat that champions look to do, what Chelsea did last year.

If they had beaten Bournemouth and Leicester at home, they would be top and looking very good. It seems they prefer the counter-attacking style of play and taking their chances when they need to most.

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It is a tactic a lot harder to enforce in front of your own fans, that's why they have struggled at home.

They have been forced to control the game at home and it hasn't suited them, despite the quality they possess in their side. But this is a team that works hard and really grinds the other team down and then will defend for their lives. This is a West Ham team to watch.

Surely credit has to go to the new manager Slaven Bilic, who has been a different flavour to Sam Allardyce - you won't find too many long balls in this team.

They have been very interesting to watch and the transfer business done by the manager has really paid off so far.

Dimitri Payet has brought flair and quality into the side which was truly needed to overcome the 'long ball' label. He has put an end to that by being the creative and scoring force.

In addition, Mark Noble quite often an unsung hero, has been truly reborn in this side and he has found himself in the heart of this team after the departure of Kevin Nolan. He has been there a long time, and now he looks to be thriving as captain of this team. He gives absolutely everything and is their most reliable player.

An incident well worth mentioning was when Carl Jenkinson was faking an injury to waste time in the game against Manchester City just gone, Noble sprinted over and lifted Jenkinson to his feet to allow the game to continue. Even though, they were fighting to hang on to all three points. His only thought was to get through the game and that moment really stood out for me.

With big games coming up and no European distraction, this side can continue to grind out impressive wins in the league whilst mixing it up in the domestic cups and look to form a cup run which hasn't been seen by a West Ham team for a while now.

I'm sure they would be happy this season with a strong cup run and in the league who knows if they keep surprising 'bigger' teams than them. Who's to say Tottenham or Liverpool aren't in their reach.

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