Another surprise on the cards?

The first round of the Premier League has already provided us with some shock results: Watford holding Liverpool to a 3-3, Burnley winning 3-2 away at Stamford Bridge against champions Chelsea, and newcomers Huddersfield beating Crystal Palace 3-0 in London. Will we see another upset in Sunday’s late kick-off when Manchester United host West Ham United? 

The Hammers have had a fine transfer window so far it’s most important signings being keeper Joe Hart and defender Pablo Zabaleta from Manchester City, Austria’s best player Marko Arnautovic who was signed from Stoke City for a club record fee, and striker Chicharito from Bayer Leverkusen. Hopefully the former ManUtd player will score in his first game against his former club!

Unfortunately Manuel Lanzini who is our most influential player in midfield and has emerged as West Ham’s flair player in the aftermath of Payet‘s infamous departure from the London Stadium back to his former club Marseille, is injured and won’t be able to travel to Old Trafford. So is another very important midfield player, Cheikou Koyate. And also Michail Antonio seems to be out of contention, that is why West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is not going to face much of a selection dilemma, and the team is more or less picking itself. This is the most likely West Ham XI for their PL start on the Sunday:

Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Ayew, Noble (c), Obiang, Fernandes, Arnautovic and Chicharito.

It would be a result perfectly fitting into this first round of surprise scores if West Ham were able to leave Old Trafford with one or maybe even three points in the bag. Some weeks ago ManUtd manager Mourinho has said that West Ham with its new signings seemed to be a team wanting to win the Premier League. “Wow,” he said, “West Ham have even signed Arnautovic.” This might have been meant as a joke, but we’ll see if it will be just a joke – or are we really going to compete with the best this season?

Time will tell – and tomorrow evening we’ll know a little more: The journey into the new season has begun.

A tough start to this journey it is for the Irons,  not only because of their first game at the winners of last season’s Europa League and the FA cup, but also due to the fact that they have to play their first three PL games (ManUtd, S’hampton and Newcastle) away from home as the London Stadium is hosting the Athletics World Championships and will not be ready for West Ham before September 10th (vs Huddersfield). Anyway, the Irons have often shown what they are capable of in the face of adversity – they can show that again this August!

Come on you Irons!!!

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