West Ham boss David Moyes is hoping his team will ‘come good’ in their race for European football.
The Hammers are battling with Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool for a top four spot.
They’ve reached an impressive 45 points from 26 league matches so far this campaign.
Speaking ahead of their clash with Leeds United, Moyes said: “I have to say we are big outsiders for the Champions League because there are lots of teams there.
“But if you watch the racing at Cheltenham quite often the outsiders come good, so I am hoping we are one of those big outsiders and we can shock a few.
“I don’t think we are kidding anybody on when we are in a position to be in that place, but with the resilience, the commitment, the determination the players have shown nothing would surprise me with them, it really wouldn’t.
“At the start, if you’d have given me top 10 I would have said, ‘thank you very much’, it would be a good season for West Ham and it would show that progress had been made.
“We don’t want to lose the fact that making progress is important. The position we are in at the moment is an incredible position to be in and I hope we can stay in it and we will do everything we can to stay there.
“We are going to try. I can’t promise the fans that it is on, but I can tell them that we will try and do what we can.
“There is always a first for everything. We have been breaking a few firsts this year and I hope that we are able to do everything we can and challenge the top teams.”
Jesse Lingard has been pivotal to their success since joining in January.
He signed on loan from Man Utd and has had a new lease of life in the capital.
Speaking about the Englishman, Moyes continued: “It is great that he has had such an impact. With all the talk and speculation around players who come and go in January, to get someone in who makes a difference is not an easy thing to do.”
West Ham play Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds on Monday at 20:00.