West Ham prepare for Olympic Stadium curtain-raiser

On Thursday, West Ham can make those words come true when they play their first official match at their new stadium.

It is a Europa League third-round, second-leg qualifer against Slovenian side NK Domzale in front of a 60,000 sell-out crowd – more than five times the size of the visitors’ home town.

But the Hammers will have to be better than they were last Thursday, where they suffered a 2-1 defeat thanks to a double from Matic Crnic.

But even if the unthinkable happens and they fail to reach the group stages of the Europa League, West Ham fans can look forward to the future safe in the knowledge that their new stadium can give them a boost.

Of course, with so much cash flying around in the Premier League due to the new TV deal, there is reason to be cheerful for all 20 clubs in the English top flight.

But there are still clubs, like newly promoted Burnley and Hull, who are struggling to recruit players due to the vast wages on offer from some of the more established teams.

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