Slaven Bilic has described Manchester City’s quality as “scary” but says West Ham know what they have to do to win at the Etihad Stadium.
West Ham are fifth in the Premier League and have already won at Arsenal and Liverpool this season, but City will provide an even stiffer test this weekend.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side lost to Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday but have made a perfect start in the Premier League, winning five out of five without conceding a goal.
The Hammers have lost on each of their last seven visits to City, but Bilic believes his side are capable of causing another shock if they stick to their gameplan.
“It would be a surprise (for West Ham to win) of course because before Juventus, Man City scored 11 goals and didn’t concede, they are cruising,” Bilic said.
“They already have a gap (at the top of the table) which is hard to catch after five games.
“So on the one hand, it would be a surprise, but to be fair it would not be a shock considering we have done it two out of two already.
“It’s good for us, we know what we have to do to have a chance. They are the favourites but I am expecting us to have a good game and if we have a good game we have a chance.”
City made a limp defence of their title last season, finishing eight points behind Chelsea, but after splashing out more than £150million in the summer, they appear rejuvenated.
“At the start of pre-season the players and manager probably said, ‘come on guys, let’s do it, last year was not good’,” Bilic said.
“The quality is there, it’s extreme. Last year it was there also but they now have a few more players that have individual quality, pace, skill, solidness, whether that’s Nicolas Otamendi or Raheem Sterling or Kevin de Bruyne. It’s scary quality.”