Sam Allardyce is looking forward to banishing some bad memories when West Ham United travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The Tractor Boys were one of only two teams to beat the Hammers home and away in the npower Championship last season and Big Sam is eager to get one back over old adversary Paul Jewell at Portman Road.

The trip to Suffolk could see Modibo Maiga make his first appearance on British soil, while James Collins has also been included in the squad after rejoining the Hammers from Aston Villa. A third new name in Big Sam's squad is teenage goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel, who will travel as back-up to Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson for valuable first-team experience.

With just two more pre-season fixtures to play between now and the big Barclays Premier League kick-off at home to Aston Villa - the other being at SC Braga on Friday 10 August - the manager is getting closer to knowing who his starting XI will be on Saturday 18 August.

"It's not about revenge but it's about us getting to our level now," he told West Ham TV. "It's about making sure we give 100 per cent effort for the maximum amount of time in the game and hopefully the lads will be able to do that for the whole 90 minutes.

"I'm expecting them to be able to reach as near to peak fitness as they can possibly get at this stage and then it's a small top-up before the start of the season. As I've said before, we've got to hit the ground running and be at 100 per cent and that will give us an opportunity to get off to a good start in the Barclays Premier League.

"The level of fitness will be all-important, as will the team shape and how the team plays which will be very important as well. We need to make sure we win the game and do the right things to win the game - in possession to try and score a goal and out of possession to work very, very to stop the opposition from scoring.

"If we come away with a win and a clean sheet it means we're starting to get things right and anything less than that will mean there is plenty of work to be done."

One player who Big Sam is looking forward to seeing in a West Ham shirt is Collins, who arrived from Aston Villa in midweek.

"Every signing is a worry for a manager, but there is little to worry about from James's career with West Ham and Aston Villa and I think his experience of the Premier League is very important.

"He is only 28 and is in the prime of his career and he was desperate to come back. That, for me, was another sign and we want to see his solid, committed defensive performances that the fans know from when he was here before and him notch a few goals at the other end off set plays.

"He's exactly what you need in the Premier League - an aggressive, good central defender - and I'm looking forward to working with him."

However, the manager will have to make do without Olympians James Tomkins and Mohamed Diame as well as the injured Kevin Nolan (toe) and George McCartney (sciatic nerve), while Jack Collison has recently returned to full training.

"Jack is still not with us as he's still recovering from the end of last season," Big Sam confirmed. "Unfortunately it's taken a lot longer than we thought it would and he's only just started training again.

"Momo and James are away on international duty at the Olympics. Momo is doing fantastically well and I watched him play for Senegal against UAE at Coventry on Wednesday and he looked a very good player. James is not playing for Team GB very much - he's only started one game so far - which is a big concern to me because he won't come back match-fit, which is what we expected him to do.

"It'll be interesting to see the other guys and how good they are. Hopefully they'll do the good things and beat Ipswich."

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