When you think of West Ham under Bilic so far, what springs to mind?

Dimitri Payet? Attractive football? Winning at Anfield? Winning at the Emirates? That Chelsea win? The phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’?

They all add up to what has already been a very exciting season so far under our new boss.

The away victories at Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool have gone a long way in ensuring we go in to the final quarter of the season well and truly in the race for a top six finish, perhaps even a final push for a Champions League spot.

But one thing they have also done is ensure we top the table when it comes to playing against the teams around us in the Premier League table.

Ok, so we haven’t picked up as successful results against the likes of Bournemouth (home), Norwich (home and away), Watford and Newcastle, but the reason why we’re doing so well this season is down to the fact we’ve only lost three games against the teams currently occupying a top eight spot.

Those losses to Leicester, Tottenham and Southampton don’t particularly look too be in the grand scheme of things, especially when you look at the table below, which is a mini league table of the top eight.

We’re sitting pretty at the top having half of the ten games we’ve played against the other seven high flyers.

It just goes to show how far we’ve really come under Slaven Bilic. Because before him there’s no way we would’ve recorded such victories against the very best sides in the division…

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