West Ham should make short work of Andorran opponents this evening
It might be early July and stiflingly hot in London, although West Ham’s 2015/16 season begins tonight thanks to a Europa League engagement.
Slaven Bilic will hope to make a good impression with the Hammers supporters and this match seems a perfect opportunity for his team to rack up a few goals.
There should be a big gulf in class between the Premier League team and their Andorran opponents, with Lusitanos having finished second in their domestic league and it will be a chance for Bilic to blood some young players.
That includes supposed “wonderkid” Reece Oxford who will make his West Ham bow at the age of 16, with this sort of match an ideal opportunity for the youngster to make his mark in front of a new manager.
Terry Westley will be the man in the dugout for this encounter, with the academy boss hoping that Oxford can come through with first-class honours.
“We will find out about him,” Westley said. “We will find out whether he can handle the pressure of the big situation, whether he is as good as we think he is.
“We won’t know that with him on the bench or in the stand. He has an opportunity and the talking has to stop. If he is going to be one of the best we have produced he has to be some player with Tomkins here and then Lampard, Cole, Ferdinand and the rest weren’t bad.
“Where he is at his age, he has done exactly what he needs to do. “Some questions will be answered tomorrow.”
West Ham are an unbackable 1/66 with Paddy Power to win the game, although perhaps they will ease to a 3-0 victory and that can be backed at 10/1 with bet365.