Thursday, July 30
Sounds like Dimitri Payet will make his competitive devout for the Hammers tonight against FC Astra. Should be exciting to finally see him in action. Interestingly Payet originally comes from the island of Reunion, the French Dom-Tom off the coast of Africa, which is where the possible MH370 wreckage has been found today. James Tomkins is suspended and Diafra Sakho will miss the third game of his suspension. We've clearly got to guard against teams winding us up in the Europa League as we've already had two players red-carded for off-the-ball incidents. Meanwhile it's a big night for Mauro Zarate. He's had a good run of games and clearly has self-belief, even a touch of arrogance; after falling out with various gaffers last season can he finally prove he's as good as he thinks he is.