West Ham United sit ninth in the table right now but the Hammers belong in the Premier League top four say football’s leading data experts.

West Ham had made a hugely encouraging start to the new season and would have gone into the international break sitting pretty in fourth with a win over Brentford on Sunday.

But a shock 2-1 home defeat dented those hopes with David Moyes admitting his frustrations at his side’s errant finishing which cost them dear.

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Moyes wants top four challenge but finishing leaves Hammers boss frustrated

And it seems the Scot is right to be frustrated.

Moyes has made no secret of the fact he wants to challenge the top four this season after West Ham agonisingly missed out on a Champions League spot by a solitary win last season.

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And West Ham by rights should be sitting fourth right now, which would undoubtedly have given the players and fans an early psychological boost approaching the quarter-way stage of the season.

That’s according to football data analyst experts WhoScored, formerly Opta.

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West Ham in Prem top four by rights say football’s leading data experts

Because according to WhoScored’s intricately detailed Premier League team statistics, West Ham are the fourth best side in the top flight so far this season.

The analysis looks at a host of data from goals scored and conceded to shots per game, possession, pass completion, discipline, aerial duels won and overall match score among many other factors.

And WhoScored says West Ham are the fourth best team in the Prem behind leaders Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City and ahead of Manchester United.

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Hammers a Champions League outfit according to the stats

West Ham have an average match rating of 6.86/10 overall.

Moyes’s side have scored the joint-third most goals (14) and have the fourth most shots per game (16.4).

West Ham are by far the most disciplined team in the top flight with just seven cards so far. The average across the league is 13 – with Burnley the most ill-disciplined with 18 cards.

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Top four incentive for West Ham ahead of trip to Everton

The big incentive for West Ham after the international break is that they could jump into their rightful spot in the league with a win over fourth-placed Everton.

Victory would bring West Ham level on 14 points with the Toffees but would put them ahead of the Goodison Park side on goal difference.

Being in the top four in October will count for little at the end of the season.

But Moyes knows his side must keep in touch with those positions to maintain momentum and give his players something to aim for.

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