How will West Ham fare in their first season at the Olympic Stadium?
After an excellent first season under Slaven Bilic in which they finished seventh in the Premier League, West Ham will be looking to push on in the coming season. At times they threatened to finish in the top four and that is surely where their ambitions lie for this year.
Their first eleven should remain relatively unchanged compared to other clubs, with Andre Ayew and Arthur Masuaku the only notable additions, as well as bringing in Lanzini on a permanent basis. They've also let James Tomkins go to Crystal Palace for almost £10 million, which should allow the talented Reece Oxford more game time and is a more than adequate replacement.
Whether Payet, Noble and Carroll can build on their hugely impressive performances last season will go a long way to deciding whether West Ham can finish in the top four and with Sam Allardyce now the England manager, you get the feeling that Carroll will be 100% motivated this season. Their odds of finishing in the top four currently stand at 9/1.to be relegated this season. There are surely three teams in the division this year worse than West Ham though, so if you do expect them to struggle, odds of 5/2 to finish in the bottom half appear to be the better bet.
With odds of 4/9 to finish in the top 10, The bookies believe their most likely position will be somewhere in the top half of the table, just missing out on European qualification again. Everyone at the Olympic stadium will be hoping for much more than that though, with lucrative European nights possibly on the horizon in 2017/18.