- Hammers to kick-off defence of Premier League Cup at home to Leicester City
- Terry Westley's side will also face Nottingham Forest and Brighton in group stage
- West Ham United won competition by beating Hull City in last season's final
West Ham United PL2 will begin the defence of their Premier League Cup crown with a home tie against Leicester City.
The young Hammers will start their campaign at home to the Foxes on the weekend of 30 September-3 October, with a final date and kick-off time for the Chigwell Construction Stadium fixture to be arranged.
Terry Westley’s young professionals will then travel to the East Midlands to face Nottingham Forest at the beginning of November before ending their Group E fixtures at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on the first weekend in December.
The return fixtures will be played in the New Year.
The Hammers will be looking to defend the title they won in dramatic fashion in May with a penalty shootout win over Hull City.
Similar to the new Premier League 2 league competition, the Premier League Cup is open to players under the age of 23 with the provision for three over-age outfield players and one over-age goalkeeper in each team.
Admission for West Ham’s home matches will be FREE for London Stadium Season Ticket Holders. For non-Season Ticket Holders, tickets will be priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for O65s/U16s.
Premier League Cup Group E fixtures
West Ham United v Leicester City, Chigwell Construction Stadium, 30 September-3 October 2016
Nottingham Forest v West Ham United, TBC, 4-7 November 2016
West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion, Chigwell Construction Stadium, 2-5 December 2016
Leicester City v West Ham United, TBC, 20-23 January 2017
West Ham United v Nottingham Forest, Chigwell Construction Stadium, 10-13 February 2017
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United, TBC, 24-27 February 2017