West Ham boss Slaven Bilic targets fast start at London Stadium


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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is keen for his side to make a fast start to life at the London Stadium against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

The Hammers ended their 112-year stay at the Boleyn Ground at the end of last season and have already played two matches at their new home, with a 3-0 victory over Domzale in a Europa League qualifier followed by a 3-2 friendly defeat to Juventus.

The Irons are now set to play their first league match at their new stadium this weekend and boss Bilic is keen for his side to start the new era with a victory.

“The best way to settle is to win. A win on Sunday hopefully will make it really feel like a warm home,” Bilic told BBC Sport.

The Croatian believes a positive start at their new ground will help the team turn the stadium into a fortress and he is hoping for the same kind of noise the supporters generated in their two previous matches at the venue.

He added: “Victories are what makes settling in much easier. It’s not intimidating until you make it intimidating with your quality.

“I felt and the guys felt that the atmosphere was really great in our two games there so far and you could feel the bond between the fans and the players.”

West Ham are available at 2.00 to secure victory at the London Stadium while Bournemouth are on offer at 3.75 and the draw is priced at 3.50.

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