Crystal Palace have those same expectations this season and their only points so far came in a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at Selhurst Park.
Swansea are the visitors to south London on Sunday afternoon as they look to build on their memorable Europa League triumph in Valencia, with Palace hopeful of another positive result in front of their home fans.
But Eagles manager Ian Holloway also wants to see his side impress on the road, even though they have lost all three away games so far this season.
"I believe that away from home we can be quite a good side too," he said.
"I'll be looking at sitting in, counter-attacking and trying to hurt teams. There won't be too many better than us at parking the bus across the goal.
"But I have also got to get those counter attacking instincts back. We're showing signs of growing, getting better and improving and putting all of the elements together."
It was Holloway's pacey, attacking players who were the main protagonists in the win over Sunderland and, with Swansea now starting out on their European adventure, the 50-year-old is hoping to benefit from an under-prepared opponent.
"I am glad we have a couple more days than Swansea to prepare, we have some fantastic options in the squad," he added.
"They were playing on Thursday, not thinking about us, whereas we were thinking about them, and we have to make sure we take advantage of that.
"Swansea are an excellent side. Having watched them during my time commentating you can see how well they pass, attack and move the ball.
"They will have a lot of possession, they will look to play it around and I am looking forward to dealing with that challenge. I cannot wait for Sunday to go up against it."
Sadly for Holloway he will not be truly embroiled in a tactical battle with counterpart Michael Laudrup during the match as the Palace boss serves out the final game of his two-match touchline ban.
Midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is also suspended following his red card in the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United last weekend but Holloway may be able to call upon summer signing Jerome Thomas for the first time after he returned to training but Jack Hunt, Jonny Williams, Joel Ward and Yannick Bolasie are all missing.