West Ham season bets: preview and betting tips

Ethan Rowe is a season tipster and writes a regular column with BiggestFreeBets.com the Home of the Biggest Free Bets...

West Ham United's iconic Boleyn Ground is now a thing of the past and for the upcoming Premier League season, the Hammers will now run out at their new 60,000 capacity London Stadium.

With a new ground, a relatively new manager in charge and new signings yet to be made, how will West Ham fare in the 2016/17 season and can they better last term's seventh place finish?

There is no doubt that manager Slaven Bilic, only appointed at the start of the last campaign, worked wonders with his limited finances and squad.

Lacking any superstars, Bilic bought in Dimitri Payet for the very reasonable sum of EUR12million and the French international midfielder soon proved to be a very astute purchase and a big hit with the West Ham faithful.

Although Payet only scored nine league goals, his overall play and prowess from set pieces soon brought him to the attention of the so-called "big clubs" and it would seem to be only a matter of time before the Frenchman bids "Adieu" to the Hammers.

Payet would command a big fee but it is replacing players of his ability that is the problem. As things stand, the bookmakers rate West Ham's title chances between 66/1 and 80/1 but without Payet in the team those odds would have to be increased.

A top four finish for West Ham is generally priced at 7/1 but, despite last season's promise, that would be expecting a lot and especially if Payet departs for pastures new.

The general consensus amongst the bookmaking fraternity is that the title will be won by Arsenal, Chelsea or one of the two Manchester clubs but the bookies have been wrong before as Leicester City's title win last season clearly demonstrates.

The next best four teams, according to the title odds, are Liverpool, Tottenham, Leicester and West Ham and any of those four could be contenders for the Premier League crown if they can improve slightly on last season's form (with the exception of Leicester City of course).

A top six finish for West Ham is quoted at around the 9/4 mark and that looks to be the best bet as far as the Hammers are concerned as it is difficult to see them overhauling all of the bookies four favoured clubs.

It is, of course, impossible to know for certain but Dimitri Payet could well have left the club before the opening fixture. In his absence, West Ham must buy quality replacements but one player certain to feature this season is Andy Carroll.

After years of injury-hit seasons, Carroll is once again playing regularly and (always assuming he stays injury-free) the big centre-forward has to be the best bet to top the Hammers' goal scoring table in the coming season.

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