Yes, today is the day we’ve all been waiting for… After the welcome, but ultimately shallow, diversions of the Copa America and the Women’s World Cup, the long hot summer is now officially over and the domestic (European) season returns for good!
West Ham United FC v. FC Lusitanos – 7.45pm (streaming live on www.whufc.com)
What are your predictions for today’s games?
A severely weakened West Ham side will undoubtedly start as underdogs against a team considerably more experienced in European football. The Andorran giants feature a number of familiar faces, including former Barcelona star Alfi Conteh Cacalle, former Celta Vigo star Edu Moya, and 101-times-capped former FC Andorra star Oscar Sonejee Masand.
Meanwhile, underdogs West Ham have scrabbled to pull together a starting XI featuring inexperienced young things such as 16-year-old Reece Oxford, 18-year-old Reece Burke, and 29-year-old Joey O’Brien. No doubt 35,000 West Ham fans will do their best to inspire their young side to pull off an upset and to drown out the notorious noise of the 82 travelling Lusitanos Ultras, but it seems a hopeless cause with the even tougher away leg still to come.
Other tasty matches from around Europe today include Flora v. Rabonicki Kometal, Shirak v. Zrinjski Mostar, and Sheriff Tirapsol v. Odd Grenland. Welcome back proper football!
#KINGTIPPER: West Ham 1 – 3 Lusitanos - £50 staked at 500/1 returns a tidy £25,000 of Lucozade tokens. A respectable start to your season’s earnings.