There is excitement in the air at the KC Stadium, where Hull City’s deadline day rampage through the transfer market has fans all a-flutter at the new faces set to brighten up their first team this term.
However, set to burst this happy bubble is the grinch-like figure of Sam Allardyce, who will likely view the myriad changes at Hull as a good opportunity for his West Ham side to pinch three points
The Hammers are 12/5 to beat the Tigers, who are 23/20 to win with the draw priced at 11/5.
As exhilarating as the new signings are for Hull fans, Steve Bruce faces a tricky task trying to piece them together into a coherent unit, especially as many of the arrivals are somewhat mercurial types.
Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez have both been out of favour for as long as Hull have been back in the Premier League, starting just 17 top-flight matches between them last season.
Record signing Abel Hernandez netted 14 times in 28 league games last season for Palermo, but those strikes came in Serie B, while his tally of seven in 14 matches for Uruguay is boosted by a four-goal haul against Tahiti.
All of those players could prove to be fine signings, but each represents a healthy risk, and Bruce will be scratching his head as to how exactly he is to cram them into his side.
The Hull manager knows some changes are needed, as his side have under performed so far in the Premier League.
A 1-0 win at QPR on opening day was a bright start, even if it relied on the Rs missing a penalty, but Hull have taken just one point in the two games since, against Aston Villa and Stoke, and crashed out of the Europa League to Belgian side Lokeren.
Despite modest opposition, only two sides have averaged less shots-per-game in the Premier League than the Tigers’ 9.7, and they’ve only netted one of their three goals from open play.
Bruce knew he needed to bolster his attack, but that won’t happen instantly, and West Ham, who have won four of their past five games against Hull, are poised to take full advantage of the confusion at the KC.