HAM­MERS AS­TRA BE HOTTEST PROSPECTS

Daily Mirror - - BETTING SPY - AD­DI­TIONAL RE­PORT­ING BY JOHN SHAW

WEST HAM have played two games at their new sta­dium and have won both with­out con­ced­ing – put it down to the Olympic feel­good fac­tor. They have the chance tonight to book their place in the group stages of the no-hoper league when they en­ter­tain Ro­ma­nian gi­ants As­tra Gi­urgiu although, hav­ing seen West Ham’s last few games, ‘en­ter­tain’ is stretch­ing it.

As­tra are strug­gling in their home league – there’s a clue how bad they are. Ham­mers are 1-3 to beat them – there’s an­other.

West Ham were knocked out by As­tra at the same stage last year and I find that hard to believe – the Ham­mers qual­i­fied for Europe two sea­sons run­ning?

Boss Slaven Bilic (above) is treat­ing the Europa League se­ri­ously and ex­pects us to treat him se­ri­ously. But he knows an exit tonight would be a dis­as­tra for West Ham’s fi­nan­cial plan­ning and will de­mand a pro­fes­sional dis­play from his men.

The Ham­mers can, and should, be backed at 10-11 to win by at least two goals.

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