City to kick off Stratford cup run
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 05 Dec 2016 20:51:00
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West Ham United couldn't have dreamt of a better tie as a first one to host at their new home, as Josep Guardiola's Manchester City are the visitors for an all Premier League tie on Friday 6 January with kick-off at 7:55pm and live coverage being screened by the BBC.

West Ham made it to the quarter-final stage last season but were eventually dumped out of the competition by Manchester United, who went on to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra-time in the final at Wembley in May. 

In contrast, the Citizens were knocked out by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round.

City beat the East Londoners 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in August and the Irons will now have two chances to gain revenge as the two sides also meet in Stratford for the league meeting on 1 February.

Slaven Bilic wanted to try and win the trophy in the club's final season at Upton Park and although they didn't quite make it, a memorable season in which the Hammers finished seventh in the Barclays Premier League certainly made up for that.

With the club currently struggling in the top-flight this campaign, I don't think that a cup run will be such a big priority this time around.


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