Smoke & Mirrors 24 Hours To Go Before Window Closes

Roll up roll up, the Sky sports wall to wall coverage of the 'final countdown' begins. Very few media events receive as much attention in the great scheme of things, but the remaining hours make for compelling viewing even if not initially wanted or desired. Last summer West Ham United did immensely well, and will be hard pushed to get the incredible bargains they managed, this year with the Barclays Premier League awash with the new TV money deals similar to last year will be almost impossible to find.

Hammers Missed A Trick, But It's Not Too Late To Act

Having hosted three competitive matches at the London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth's Park, West Ham United have been the recipients of quite a significant amount of 'founders feedback stream' or FFS for short, with regards to the overall experience of seeing the mighty Hammers in their gleaming new stadium.
Well, there are many positives, however there are several negatives, least of all the detached ineptitude of some of those inaccurately labelled as stewards who look as though they have been bused in from the planet Zogg!

Manchester City v West Ham United Confirmed Team Sheets

Manchester City: Caballero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Clichy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, Aguero
Subs: Hart, Fernando, Nasri, Kolarov, Delph, Iheanacho, Navas
West Ham United: Adrian, Antonio, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Kouyate, Töre, Fletcher, Valencia
Subs: Randolph, Byram, Burke, Oxford, Obiang, Lanzini, Calleri

West Ham United v Astra Giurgiu Confirmed Team Sheets

West Ham Utd: Randolph, Byram, Ried, Ogbonna, Burke, Nordtveit, Tore, Obiang, Kouyate, Antonio, Calleri, SUBS: Adrian, Collins, Oxford, Browne, Diangana, Valencia, Fletcher
Astra Giurgiu: Lung, Alves, Fabricio, Seto, Alibec, Morais, Lovin, Niculae, Sapunaru, Ionita, Teixeira, SUBS: Gavrilas, Raileanu, Florea, Moise, Oros, Stan, Balaure

Health Scares For Both West Ham Owners?

Just when Hammers fans thought they had seen it all with regards to players at the club dropping like flies, news arrives not only of David Sullivan being hospitalised but also that of David Gold having to visit the Lister Hospital!

Antonio's Redemption West Ham 1- 0 Bournemouth

It wasn't pretty, but it was a positive result! A victory at home was essential for West Ham United, and the home team, devoid of some seriously major players delivered the goods at a sun drenched London Stadium. In a way it was a match of redemption for Mikael Antonio, finally shorn of the sheckles of being a right back, he was able to be the player that all West Ham and Nottingham Forest fans know he is capable of, and topped off a turbo charged performance with a winning headed goal against a resolute Bournemouth side in the 82nd minute.

West Ham United v Bournemouth AFC Team Sheets

West Ham: Adrian, Byram, Masuaku, Reid, Collins, Noble, Kouyate, Nordtveit, , Antonio, Tore, Valencia Subs: Randolph, Burke, Oxford, Obiang, Fletcher , Calleri
Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Cook, Surman, Arter, Ibe, Wilson, King Subs: Gosling, Aké, Afobe, Gradel, Smith, Federici, Grabban

Woe There, Are Carroll, Payet and Kayoute All Really Injured?

News media sources are awash with doom and gloom stories relating to West Ham United, Andre Ayew's long term injury after playing a mere 35 minutes against Chelsea, in addition to Aaron Cresswell's long term injury sustained in a pre-season friendly have rather set the tone for the reporting. So recent rumours that Andy Carroll has picked up another injury and that Dimitri Payet has a 'slight knock' in addition to Cheik Kouyate being injured are par to the course, but are they true?

5 Things To Learn From Astra Giurgiu v West Ham Draw

(1) Slaven Billic has to balance Barclay's premier league attainment against Europa League progress.
(2) Gokhan Tore needs to 'pound the weights'
(3) Sam Byram deserves a start despite being a bit too aggressive
(4) Although he missed a sitter at the end, Mikael Antonio deserves to start as a winger ahead of Tore
(5) Astoundingly there were no additional injuries sustained!- Ed

Astra Giurgiu v West Ham United Team Sheets Live

Astra Giurgiu : Lung, Vangjeli, Alves, Fabricio, Junior Morais, Sapunaru, Lovin, Ionita, Seto, Filipe Teixeira, Niculae SUBS: Gavrilas (GK), Alibec, Florea, Oros, Mansaly, Stan, Balaure
West Ham: Randolph, Byram, Oxford, Ogbonna, Burke, Obiang, Noble, Antonio, Valencia, Tore, Calleri SUBS: Adrian, Collins, Reid, Kouyate, Browne, Fletcher, Carroll

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