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West Ham facing January nightmare


Filed: Friday, 8th December 2017
By: Staff Writer


West Ham have been handed a New Year fixture pile-up as a result of the recent decision to move the derby with Tottenham to Thursday, 4 January.

Originally scheduled for New Year's Eve, the trip to Wembley was re-arranged due to safety concerns - leaving the Hammers facing three vital matches within five-and-a-half days.

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On Tuesday, 2 January, David Moyes' side - already missing several key players through injury - host Alan Pardew's West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. 48 hours later, they travel across town in order to seek a second successive win at Tottenham's temporary Wembley home.

The busy run concludes on Sunday lunchtime with the third round FA Cup tie at League One Shrewsbury Town, which kicks of at 2pm and will be broadcast live by the BBC. The hosts will have enjoyed six days' rest since their previous outing against Oldham Athletic on New Year's Day, compared to West Ham's two.

Additionally, should the Hammers upset the odds and prove triumphant against Arsenal in their Carabao Cup quarter final tie later this month, they would face the first leg of the semi final on either Tuesday, 9th or Wednesday, 10th January - resulting in the club potentially facing four season-defining fixtures in just eight days.

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West Ham Utd/Early-January Opponent Fixture Schedules

WEST HAM UTD: 2 Jan (h) West Brom; 4 Jan (a) Spurs; 7 Jan (a) Shrewsbury

West Bromwich Albion: 31 Dec (h) Arsenal; 2 Jan (a) West Ham Utd; 6 Jan (tbc) FA Cup 3rd Rd

Tottenham: 2 Jan (a) Swansea; 4 Jan (h) West Ham Utd; 7 Jan (h) Wimbledon

Shrewsbury: 30 Dec (a) Southend; 1 Jan (h) Oldham; 7 Jan (h) West Ham Utd





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