You read that right: West Ham United are doing just as well as Manchester City, a side often labelled as the best in the world. City have 20 points, and West Ham do too. City have scored 20 goals, and so have West Ham. Only Chelsea and Liverpool have done better. And last week the two faced each other in the Carabao Cup, also know as the League Cup. West Ham and City tied at the London Stadium (0-0), but the Hammers would win on penalties. For West Ham every penalty went in, while for City Phil Foden missed the first kick of the shootout. This result came even as Pep Guardiola had hardly played a B-team. De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Sterling, Mahrez, Gundogan, Walker, Stones and Zinchenko were on at the start, with Cancelo, Foden, Grealish and Gabriel Jesus coming off the bench. For West Ham, 9 of the starting 11 players were the same as they had been against Genk, David Moyes starting with what was essentially his European team.

Last weekend they recorded their third league win in a row: 1-4 at Aston Villa, after goals from Johnson, Rice, Fornals and Bowen. They had also beaten Tottenham (1-0) on the previous matchday, leaving them joint-third for the time being.

West Ham is an absolutely top team confirming their place in the table week after week. In their own country and in Europe, where they have already won against Dinamo Zagreb (0-2), Rapid Wien (2-0) and against us. Taking account of their current good form, it would therefore be an impressive result if we take something from them on Thursday evening.