EINTRACHT BRAUNSCHWEIG v WEST HAM UNUTED
SATURDAY 27 JULY 2013
KICK-OFF: 3.30PM (CEST)
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• West Ham United play the third and final match of their Germany tour on Saturday when they take on newly-promoted Bundesliga club Eintracht Braunchsweig.
• West Ham returned to form on Tuesday to defeat Hamburger SV 3-1, having been beaten 4-1 by FSV Mainz 05 in their first match on tour. Matt Jarvis was involved in all three goals against Hamburg, supplying corners for Alou Diarra and James Tomkins to net, before winning the penalty which Ravel Morrison converted.
• It has been a productive pre-season so far for the Hammers, with the loss to Mainz the only reverse suffered since their return to pre-season training. Cork City (6-2), Boreham Wood (3-0), AFC Bournemouth (2-0) and Colchester United (2-1) were all seen off before West Ham departed for Germany.
• Eintracht Braunschweig were involved in two friendly matches last weekend, losing 4-0 to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, but beating Turkish club Caykur Rizespor by a solitary goal on Sunday.
West Ham United
• George McCartney and Andy Carroll remain the only Hammers players sidelined with knee and heel injuries respectively. The likes of Joe Cole, Mark Noble and Winston Reid will be looking for more game time after sitting on the bench against Hamburg.
• Eintracht Braunschweig completed the long road back to the top flight last season after a 28-year absence. Having spent most of their history up to 1985 playing elite football and qualifying for the European Cup once and UEFA Cup three times, they dropped down to the third tier, but spent virtually all of last season in the promotion places of 2. Bundesliga and ended up finishing second.
• They won the German championship in 1967 and made the quarter-finals of the European Cup the following year, eventually being knocked out by Italian giants Juventus in a play-off, after the initial tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.
• They possess a familiar face in their ranks, having signed striker Simeon Jackson from Norwich City this summer. Jackson, a Canada international, notched 17 goals in 73 league appearances for the Canaries.
Last Time Out
Tuesday 23 July July 2013
Hamburger SV 1-3 West Ham United
West Ham United: Henderson; Demel (Ruddock 79), Collins (Reid 61), Tomkins, Rat; Diarra (Noble 66), Diame (Whitehead 83), Nolan; Morrison (Taylor 66), Maiga, Jarvis
Goals: Diarra 15, Tomkins 28, Morrison pen 45
Sunday 21 July
Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 Caykur Rizespor
Eintracht Braunschweig: Petkovic; Reichel, Dogan, Henn, Elabdellaoui (Washausen 72); Kruppke (Pfitzner 72), Theuerkauf, Vrancic, Boland; Ademi, Jackson
Goal: Kruppke 42
The clubs have never met in competitive football
West Ham United
2012/13 Premier League 10th
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th
2008/09 Premier League 9th
2007/08 Premier League 10th
2006/07 Premier League 15th
2005/06 Premier League 9th
2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Division One 4th
2012/13 2. Bundesliga 2nd (promoted to Bundesliga)
2011/12 2. Bundesliga 8th
2010/11 3. Liga 1st (promoted to 2. Bundesliga)
2009/10 3. Liga 4th
2008/09 3. Liga 13th
2007/08 Regionalliga Nord 10th
2006/07 2. Bundesliga 18th (relegated to Regionalliga Nord)
2005/06 2. Bundesliga 12th
2004/05 Regionalliga Nord 1st (promoted to 2. Bundesliga)
2003/04 Regionalliga Nord 6th
• Eintracht Braunschweig play in the 25,540-capacity Eintracht-Stadion. Tickets are available on matchday with details here.
• Temperatures are expected to reach 32C on a muggy day in Germany, with a chance of rain in the late afternoon.