West Ham: Premier League Preview

West Ham come into this campaign on the back of a disappointing season overall, finishing in 11th place.

The move to the London Stadium was disastrous in terms of results, with West Ham crashing out of the top ten and Europe.

Despite an excellent first season in charge, Bilic’s side struggled throughout the season for any consistency.

Their defence was their biggest weakness, with the likes of Winston Reid failing to reach the heights of last season.

West Ham have made some significant signings to bolster the squad, their recruitment campaign has been impressive.

Their main aim will be to progress back up the table and remain in contention for a trophy.

Premier League

West Ham’s opening fixture of this brand new Premier League campaign is against Manchester United on Sunday 13th August, at Old Trafford.

Their next four fixtures are:

 

Southampton (A) 19th August

Newcastle (A) 27th August

Huddersfield (H) 11th September

West Brom (A) 16th September

 

This is a mixed set of opening fixtures for the Hammers, with United away a tough opening assignment.

The remaining fixtures are winnable although four of their opening five matches are away due to the London Stadium failing to be ready.

They are games that West Ham will be targeting to win, if they can get some good results away from home this will set them up nicely for the rest of the season.

West Ham registered 12 wins during their last campaign ending the season with 45 points, goal difference separating them and West Brom in 10th.

This season was a big disappointment on the 2015/16 campaign, where they won 16 matches and registered 62 points, and finished in 7th place.

That was an excellent season for the Hammers, with Dimitri Payet the main star for the Hammers, producing some excellent free kicks.

Cup Football

As well as improving their position in the Premier League, West Ham will be looking for a successful cup run.

They had a mixed record in both cups last season, losing to Manchester United in the EFL Cup.

They also exited the FA Cup after being hammered by Manchester City, with Guardiola’s side beating them 5-0.

This is an area that the club will have identified to move forward, securing a trophy will be a major part of Slaven Bilic’s plans this season.

Transfer Activity

West Ham have been highly impressive in the transfer market, given the level of displays last season it was needed.

Their main area of weakness was the defensive areas and they have yet to really address that.

The main story of their summer has been the transfer cloud hanging over Marko Arnautovic, with the Austrian finally completing his move to West Ham.

They have also signed three exceptional players in Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Hernandez, who have all won Premier League titles.

 

Transfers In: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) and Joe Hart (Manchester City).

Transfers Out: Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough), Stephen Hendrie (Southend United), Havard Nordtveit (Hoffenheim), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough) and Enner Valencia (Tigres).

One To Watch

Javier Hernandez is the one to watch for West Ham this season.

The former Manchester United man has an excellent CV and is a striker with vast levels of Premier League experience.

They also had some trouble in the forward areas as well, Hernandez is more than capable of scoring 15-20 goals a season.

It will be very intriguing to see how he goes in his first full season as a West Ham player.even at United he wasn’t the main striker so it will be fascinating to see how many goals he can score.

Even at United he wasn’t the main striker so it will be fascinating to see how many goals he can score.

Betting Tips

To win the 17/18 Premier League outright @ 500/1

A Top Ten Finish @ 13/8

To win the Carabao Cup 17/18 @ 28/1

To win the FA Cup 17/18 @ 33/1