West Ham United 2017/18

Some West Ham fans believe that Slaven Bilic was fortunate to keep his job at the end of last season. The Croatian had a wonderful first season in charge at the club he used to play centre back for but it was much a case of enduring last season rather than enjoying it.

In the end, Bilic – who remains a largely popular figure at the club – was given another season. The issues surrounding Dimitri Payet’s departure from the club and the difficulties of playing in a new stadium gave Bilic leeway but there will be no such excuses 12 months on.

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Bilic has been backed in the transfer market by the West Ham owners. Rather than focusing on promising players for the future or squad players, the Irons have signed quality players with Premier League experience.

Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta have both won the title, Marko Arnautovic was one of Stoke’s best players and Javier Hernandez has scored goals for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

There is always a feeling that a crisis is just around the corner at West Ham but if they can get off to a strong start, last season’s flirtation with relegation will be nothing but a bad memory.

Squad List

  • Adrian
  • Joe Hart
  • Winston Reid
  • Aaron Cresswell
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • James Collins
  • Angelo Ogbonna
  • Sam Byram
  • Jose Fonte
  • Doneil Henry
  • Arthur Masuaku
  • Declan Rice
  • Cheikhou Kouyate
  • Manuel Lanzini
  • Robert Snodgrass
  • Pedro Obiang
  • Mark Noble
  • Michail Antonio
  • Edmilson Fernandes
  • Domingos Quina
  • Nathan Hollan
  • Sead Haksabanovic
  • Andy Carroll
  • Diafra Sakho
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Marko Arnautovic
  • Andre Ayew
  • Antonio Martinez

Season Predictions

West Ham fans were sold a line by their owners that the move to the former Olympic Stadium would allow the team to ‘go to the next level’.

That did not transpire last season and this time round the first priority is to ensure that the Irons are not relegated. They should be able to avoid the drop but how high can the climb the table?

West Ham’s owners may be hoping that the club can make a push for the European places but they are likely to find it tough to challenge the likes of Leicester and Southampton let alone Everton and the top six.

A comfortable midtable finish with some good results along the way and a cup run would do for most of the West Ham faithful this season. In that respect, the goals of Chicharito should be a big plus.

Best Bets for the Season

West Ham to finish with over 49 points at 11/8 with Bet365

Javier Hernandez to be West Ham’s top goalscorer 8/13 with Betway