Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival in East London sparked a major regeneration project at the London Stadium, where supporters had become disillusioned with an uninspiring squad and equally uninspiring football.
Still, the Hammers’ boss faces a tough start as their first game sees them visit an equally renewed Liverpool side keen on mounting a title challenge.
Our unique algorithm has predicted the West Ham side it believes will start the game.
Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.
And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.
When you’re happy with your team, press ‘confirm’ and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.