West Ham season predictions: Dimitri Payet to star but Europe to take its toll

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Strong summer additions and European football at the Boleyn, but do our writers think West Ham can compete on all fronts?

Predicted position: 9th

Dimitri Payet will be the Hammers' star man but the Europa League will derail their domestic ambitions - fingers crossed for an Astra win...

Damien Lucas: A dream first season in charge for Slaven Bilic as the Hammers secure their target of finishing in the top eight with star man Dimitri Payet playing a crucial role in a more exciting style of football to bid a fitting farewell to their Boleyn Ground home of 112 years.

Chris Linnell: Like Southampton, one suspects European action could prove an unhappy distraction for the Hammers. However, Bilic’s side could well defy expectations.

Olly Dawes: New manager Slaven Bilic will be expected to deliver a top ten finish, but poor Europa League displays have already brought doubts. Impressive signings should land West Ham in the top half.

Matthew Nash: New boss has struggled in Europe and hopefully Astra Giurgiu will do The Hammers a favour and knock them out of it. Should still survive.

Che Thomas: Though I think the Hammers have made some good signings this summer, I am worried about them all of a sudden seeing how good a manager Sam Allardyce is now he’s not there. Slaven Bilic is one of the few new managers at clubs this year, and it is a big step up from being at Besiktas, who are a giant in Turkey, to a team like West Ham, who are trying to break into the top seven. If he settles in well, West Ham could be making the top ten.

Stephen Pickering: The Hammers have been hugely impressive in the transfer market this summer and look set-up for a positive season. If Slaven Bilic proves to be the manager he was with Croatia, and not the one at Lokomotiv Moscow, then a seventh place finish would be a reasonable expectation. Key player: Dimitri Payet.

Tim Poole: Slaven Bilic has more class than Sam Allardyce and can make success last across a whole campaign.

Lewis Doe: Slaven Bilic to guide the Hammers to a slightly better league finish, but still short of the European places.

Freddie Shires: Some promising additions but the Europa League campaign will take its toll.

Michael Stevenson: Dmitri Payet will be one to watch but squad depth is an issue and the Europa League will be a distraction (should they get there).

Billy Hawkins: A strong Europa League campaign will affect their Premier League season, despite good signings.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Chelsea

Arsenal

Manchester United

Manchester City

Liverpool

Tottenham

Everton

Southampton

West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

Sunderland

Bournemouth

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Watford

Norwich City

Leicester City

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