By Joe Nelson
Sam Byram should come into his own at right-back with Michail Antonio dropping to the bench, while Jonathan Calleri should also be given his Premier League bow in front of the expectant home crowd.
The Olympic Stadium will be christened in the Premier League on Sunday, as West Ham take on the Cherries and Bilic should name an exciting duo flanking Enner Valencia to get the crowd off their seats.
West Ham held their own for the whole 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge last week, despite falling late on to a Diego Costa strike, but expect ruthlessness from Slaven Bilic’s men on Sunday as he welcomes back the talisman that is Dimitri Payet.
If we start from the back, Bilic should only be making one change along the back four from the Chelsea defeat by bringing in the former Leeds United lad Byram, who offers a much more traditional full-back role than Antonio, who’s place should be at right wing.
Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble should be given the task of marshalling the midfield and dictating the play with Cheikhou Kouyate playing alongside them and breaking into attack from deep.
This will leave Dimitri Payet and Jonathan Calleri to get at the Cherries’ full backs and give Enner Valencia the space to terrorise the Bouremouth centre halves.
Calleri has impressed Bilic in training and has looked lively in his brief spell at the club so far. Along with the rampant Kouyate and speedy Valencia to stretch the Bournemouth defence, Payet and the new boy Calleri should thrive on the opening Premier League fixture at the Olympic Park with the fans in full voice.
With Aaron Creswell, Manuel Lanzini, Andre Ayew, Diafra Sakho, Sofiane Feghouli and now Andy Carroll on the sidelines, Bilic is suffering from quite an injury headache, but the team laid out is more than capable of picking up three valuable points to open the Olympic Park in a stylish fashion.