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Austria here we come

Filed: Monday, 30th July 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham set off for Austria today for the final leg of this summer's pre-season.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are back on the road again as they prepare for their final two tests before the Premier League starts again next month.

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After arriving in Austria later this afternoon, the manager and his squad will settle into their training camp ahead of the forthcoming fixtures against FSV Mainz - on Tuesady evening (31 July) - and Angers SCO, this Friday (3 August).

The Hammers will be looking to make it three wins on the trot when facing Mainz in the Betway Cup tomorrow at the Silver City Arena, in Schwaz.

Like United, Die Nullfünfer had a poor season last year finishing just three points and two places above the relegation zone, in 14th place. Managed by Sandro Schwarz, who made more than 100 appearances for the club as a player between 1998 and 2004, Mainz's home gates at the Opel Arena average around 30,000.

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Thereafter French Ligue 1 outfit Angers SCO await, in what will be West Ham's final test of pre-season before the new league season commences.

Like Mainz, Les Scoďstes ended their domestic campaign in 14th position last term, four points clear of the relegation zone in Ligue 1's 20-team division. They are likely to feature new signings Harisson Manzala and Vincent Pajot when the teams meet.

West Ham ensured back-to-back wins from their most recent outing when beating Ipswich Town 2-1 at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon; you may see the entire match here.

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Pre-season 2018/19: Fixtures & Results

8 July: FC Winterthur 3-2 West Ham Utd (Stadion Schutzenwiese)
14 July: Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 West Ham Utd (Adams Park)
21 July: Preston North End 2-2 West Ham Utd (Deepdale)
25 July: Aston Villa 1-3 West Ham Utd (Bescot Stadium)
28 July: Ipswich Town 1-2 West Ham Utd (Portman Road)
31 July: FSV Mainz (Silver City Arena)
3 August: Angers SCO (Das.Goldberg Stadium)

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