When the fixture list for an upcoming Premier League season is announced, clubs have the chance to look forward to - and prepare for - their respective matches, whilst fans can speculate and predict the outcomes of their team's season.
However, it's fair to say that when this season began, very few West Ham fans expected their side to lose just two of their first ten matches, given the difficulty of their opening fixtures.
Amongst their first ten opponents were Premier League giants Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City - three games the Hammers were expected to lose. Slaven Bilic's side, though, against all odds, claimed scalps against all three.
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Their impressive form against the bigger sides was encapsulated once again on Saturday, defeating lowly Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground.
Slaven Bilic's men dominated the defending champions in the early exchanges of the match before a goal from forward Mauro Zarate gave them the lead. Gary Cahill equalised for the visitors after the break, but the Blues, who were down to ten men and with their manager in the stands, could do little to stop a towering header from Andy Carroll making it 2-1 to the east London side.
The victory was West Ham's sixth of the season and their forth over a club from last season's top six. Anyone who thought Bilic would have a bad start to life as manager has surely been proven wrong.
The West Ham manager said on the club's official website: "There are always lots to talk about after 90 minutes of football. I am very proud of my club and my team.
"It was brilliant to beat the champions, it's a great feeling. There is nothing wrong in admitting that we are playing really good. We deserved to win."
The Upton Park faithful had grown frustrated over the past few seasons for their side's lack of style, but it certainly seems that the club's owners have made the right decision in hiring Bilic.
The Croatian has the Hammers playing an exciting brand of attacking football, and it is worth mentioning that a few of the talented players he signed in the summer, particularly midfielder Dimitri Payet, have paid off massively.
As a result, Irons fans will be delighted to look at the league standings. West Ham sit comfortably in third, though consistency is always key and Bilic highlighted what his side needed to do in order to remain where they are and possibly take a step further.
"We want to continue to play well and if we defend as a unit and attack as a team we have a chance to win every game. We are very happy.
"Every win is important. It is about the home wins and when you do it against the champions."
The bubbles are certainly blowing in style for West Ham and the next side to meet them - newly-promoted Watford - will be wary of the threat they pose away from home.
There's every chance that the good times can continue for the happy Hammers.
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