Boleyn bow for Barrera

There is less than a week to go until West Ham United welcome RC Deportivo La Coruna to the Boleyn Ground for the SBOBET Cup.

Supporters should make sure of their seat now for the glamour match against the Spanish giants on Saturday, which will be the first chance to see new signings such as Thomas Hitzlsperger and Frederic Piquionne in action at home. The Hammers are on a high with five wins from five and conceded just one goal to date this summer.

Perhaps the most intriguing battle will be between Mexico's FIFA World Cup wingers Pablo Barrera and Andres Guardado. Barrera - the Hammers' third new recruit of the summer - could also make his first home appearance while Guardado is Deportivo's star man and has just pledged his future to the Riazor club.


Speaking exclusively to, the 23-year-old winger said: "I am really excited. I just want to start playing with my new team and get up to speed. The manager wants me to keep playing as I did in the World Cup, to play out wide and play my own game."

"I'm getting there little by little. I had two-three weeks off after the World Cup, although I did some training in Mexico with Pumas before the move to West Ham happened."

The Depor match will be the ideal way to judge how ready Avram Grant's men are for the new Barclays Premier League season with it all getting under way just seven days later away to Aston Villa. With advanced ticket prices starting at just £10 for season ticket holders, fans are advised to move fast to make sure of their seat.

Deportivo, who finshed tenth in La Liga last term, have enjoyed an illustrious recent history, winning the Spanish title for the first time in their history in 2000 and finishing as runners-up in each of the following two seasons. The Galician club reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2003/04.