Tony Cottee believes cup final feel of new stadium could hinder West Ham

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The Hammers moved in to their new stadium this summer.

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West Ham United will play their first league game at their new stadium this weekend when they take on Bournemouth on Sunday.

The game will see them play their first game in the Premier League away from Upton Park and excitement is high regarding their campaign at the newly dubbed London Stadium.

Whilst the move has been welcomed by many others have expressed doubt about the switch. This tends to be down to fears over atmosphere at the new ground but former West Ham striker Tony Cottee also feels it could have an impact on the club’s results.

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	West Ham's co owner David Gold poses outside the construction of the Olympic Stadium.  West Ham have proposed to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London OlympicsWest Ham's co owner David Gold poses outside the construction of the Olympic Stadium

He told ESPN that teams visiting the new ground may be inspired to up their game for Hammers fixtures:

"It's going to be strange, supporting the team at a new stadium, but it is a magnificent arena.

"This could be the danger, though, as it has the feel of a cup final venue and teams will raise their game. So it's important that West Ham get their first win under their belt in the Premier League, as soon as possible."

West Ham are looking to improve on their performance from last season, when they finished seventh and consistently impressed in the Premier League.

Tonight they play Astra Giurgiu in the first-leg of their Europa League qualifier, hoping to get revenge on the Romanians who knocked them out of the competition last year.

After that it is Bournemouth at home as the Hammers look to acclimatise to life in a new habitat.

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