Add to that the fact that none of our top players have been poached by Europe's top clubs and we have a settled feel that should help to overcome our usual underwhelming opening day performances. Preseason demonstrated that we are up to speed and ready to go.
However, the remarkable lack of transfer activity means there is no new blood to keep up the pressure for first team places and no doubt as the season progresses the lack of cover in midfield and up top will catch up on us. Thankfully, there is still time to address that and as we all know, for clubs like the Hammers we usually wait for last minute deals. Hmmm.
Newcastle will be no pushovers and of course did us for 6 points last season. With fans back, St James' will be buzzing but that could work as an advantage either way. Moyes will need to drill his defence to avoid the (?inevitable) Callum Wilson goal but with our front men in cracking form we probably wont need a clean sheet to get a result.
Rory Nostradamus is going for a 2-1 win for the Hammers with Benrahma continuing his wildfire antics of preseason.