Indeed, 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