Hammers Face Tough Looking Opener
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 15 Jun 2016 15:25:00
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The 2016/17 Premier League fixtures were released earlier today and for West Ham United it's a third consecutive opening day London Derby, as they make the trip to face Antonio Conte and his Chelsea side on 13 August.

A week later, West Ham will be trying to get their revenge on AFC Bournemouth for last season's home encounter when the Cherries are the first visitors to the Olympic Stadium.

During an amazing run on the road at the start of last campaign, the Hammers took the scalp of Manchester City. Can they do it again this year, as Slaven Bilic comes up against Josep Guardiola? All will be revealed on August 27.

The start of September sees both Watford and Southampton make the trip to Stratford under new management.

Bilic's men took 6 out of a possible 18 points off the newly-promoted clubs last term, the first of those to test the Irons' metal this time around are Middlesbrough and they arrive in the capital on October 1.

Sam Allardyce was in charge of the East Londoners when all the talk about the move to the Olympic Stadium first started. He is now in charge at Sunderland and will look to beat his old club for the first time since leaving at the end of the 2014/15 season when the Black Cats head to London later that month.

The following weekend sees Bilic return to Goodison Park hoping to repeat the drama of last campaign, but they are sure to find it a harder task than last March as the Toffees are now under the guidance of ex-Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

West Ham beat fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their last meeting at Upton Park and had a pretty decent record at white Hart Lane before the defeat there last November. Will they be able to make it back-to-back wins against Spurs? Well, the Croatian takes his troops to North London the same month this time around. How will he get on?

There were some pretty memorable games between the Hammers and Manchester United last season, but one would suspect that they may be in for a tougher time this year however, as the Red Devils are now under the stewardship of José Mourinho. Can the Irons' boss get the better of the Portuguese again? Find out the following week.

December gets off to a tricky start but West Ham will I'm sure take the positives from the last encounter with Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground. They meet again on 3rd, while another win at Anfield could be on the cards seven days later, while the month also includes the visits of both of the other two newly-promoted clubs Burnley and Hull City.

The Christmas period sees two games in as many days, as the squad faces trips to Swansea City and last season's surprise package Leicester City.

The Hammers are again in action two days later for a repeat of the final Boleyn thriller as Manchester United are in town to kick-off the New Year, while the game at the end of the month should be one to remember, as Manchester City are the visitors for a night under the lights.

The Hammers will go in search of their first win at St Mary's on 4 February in a month that also includes games against West Bromwich Albion and Watford, while March includes the reverse games against Chelsea, AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City.

April includes trips to Arsenal and Sunderland, while May throws up some mouthwatering home clashes for the end of the season, as Spurs and Liverpool visit while Bilic's men finish the campaign with a trip to Turf Moor to take on the Clarets.

A full fixture list is available on whufc.com.

Don't forget with more business expected to be done this summer, news of any deals either in or out, as well as details of the club's opponents for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, this site will have the news as soon as it's all confirmed.

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