Phil Kitromilides believes the Hammers will improve on their last performance in Germany and should be backed to get at least a draw
Following that result at the weekend, Hammers' assistant boss Neil McDonald said: "I think it shows us we've still got a long way to go to and a lot of fitness to catch up on."
Having won all their pre-season games before heading to Germany, West Ham will be hoping to step up against Hamburg and are priced at 5/2 (3.50) for the win.
The Bundesliga outfit meanwhile are the clear favourites offered at 17/20 (1.85) to see off their English opposition.
Yet Hamburg are coming off the back of a weekend thrashing themselves, although their 4-0 defeat against European champions Bayern Munich may be somewhat more excusable.
With West Ham knowing they have to up their tempo and actively looking for a positive result backing the Hammers to win or draw at 5/6 (1.83) looks like an attractive option.
Joe Cole described the result against Mainz as "a little wake up call" and punters should be confident that the east Londoners will be able to improve and avoid defeat against the side which finished seventh in the Bundesliga last season.
|West Ham to draw or win at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid