Bare Bones Better Than Bare Shins For West Ham's Europa

Now the dust has settled a little since the disappointing 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, West Ham players will have to pick themselves up for the trip to Romania to face Astra Giurgiu at Stadionul Marin Anastasovici for their Europa League qualifying play off first leg tie. Significant absentees are Andre Ayew, Manny Lanzini, Feghouli, Sakho and Dimi Payet.

Chelsea FC v West Ham United Team Sheets & Links

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Kante, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.
Subs: Begovic, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Batshuayi, Aina.
West Ham: Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Collins, Masuaku, Kouyate, Nordtveit, Noble, Ayew, Carroll, Valencia.
Subs: Randolph, Obiang, Tore, Ogbonna, Byram, Payet, Oxford.

Season Ticket Update

West Ham fans waiting for their season tickets to arrive should have already been pleasantly surprised that they have arrived ahead of the first Barclays Premier League fixtures, however if you haven't received yours yet don't panic! The club have assured those still waiting that their season tickets will arrive in the post within the next couple of days.

Dimitri Payet Can Fire West Ham Into The Top Six Once Again

Last season, Dimitri Payet was on another level. The West Ham United winger exceeded all expectations after signing from Marseille last summer as he adjusted to the Premier League immediately. The Hammers actually finished in 7th place last season; and Payet was one of the main reasons for their incredible success.

Has Ayew Taken A Pay Cut Signing For Slaven's West Ham?

The £20 Million plus arrival of Andre Ayew on a 3 year deal at the London Stadium from Swansea has undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows, not least because the ex-team mate at Marseille of Dimitri Payet arrived at Swansea on a free transfer last summer! Fans who have been expecting a 'marquee' signing may feel slightly underwhelmed by the Ghanaian International who was born in France's arrival, they may observe he seems more of a large tent than a marquee, however as with many signings the details of the deal are rather vague.

Arthur Who? Masuaku Signs To Fill West Ham Left Back Void

Well the commentators had to get used to not getting too excited when pronouncing ex-Leicester City, now Chelsea midfielders name Konte, Sebastian Fuchs was another that was a live banana skin lurking to catch the unaware! Step forward West Ham United's newest recruit, Date of birth: Nov 7, 1993. Place of birth: Lille France. Age: 22. Height: 1,79 m. Nationality: France Congo DR, Name in home country: Fuka Arthur Masuaku!

Lights Camera Action

So it came, it happened, and it passed.
No, not my morning ritual, but the OS/LS or whatever it will be called this week.
So how was it for you dear? I’m really not too sure to be honest. Maybe erring on the positive side. For now.
“Mutton dressed as lamb” I heard one comment. “Wow, un-be-lievable” was another. I guess I was somewhere in the middle. Depending on the photographic angle and agenda you were coming from, they were varying photos of the stadium that made it look either ridiculously ramshackle or stunning.

Chance For Revenge? Hammers To Face Astra Giurgiu Again!

West Ham United have been drawn against Astra Giurgiu for the final qualifying round of the Europa League Cup, the ties to be played on the 18th and 25th of August with the first leg away in Romania. Astra Giurgiu knocked West Ham out of the same competition last year, the 2nd of the ties saw Slaven Billic sent off, which is why he was unable to be on the touchline for the first match against MK Donzale, it can be safely assumed that he will have a particular interest in gaining revenge for last season's defeat and what he considered to be an unfair red card.

Confirmed West Ham United Line Up v NK Domzale

West Ham: Randolph, Antonio Oxford, Nordvelt, Reid, Byram, , Kayoute, Feghouli, Noble ( c ) Valencia, Carroll Oxford. Subs:Adrian,obiang Burke, page, , Cullen, Quina, Fletcher.Cullen

Don't Expect A Bevvy At The Match Tomorrow

Tomorrow's match is obviously a keenly anticipated event, despite the 'Sword of Damocles' 2-1 negative aggregate score against NK Domzale, defeat would see Hammers fail at their first hurdle of European footballing competition, not something the co-owners, players or fans would wish. To Thursday's game, there will be a huge amount of media attention, disproportionate to the importance of actual match itself, a loss would be damaging but not necessarily catastrophic and the match is a sell out .

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