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West Ham United to face AFC Bournemouth in 2020 Betway Cup

West Ham United to face AFC Bournemouth in 2020 Betway Cup

 

West Ham United will host AFC Bournemouth in the sixth annual Betway Cup fixture at London Stadium.

The Cherries will visit east London on Saturday 5 September at 3pm, completing the Hammers' preparations for the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

West Ham will welcome Jason Tindall's EFL Championship squad for what promises to be an exciting fixture, which will be settled by a penalty shootout should the scores remain level after 90 minutes.

The Betway Cup was introduced in 2015 by West Ham's principal partners and has seen the Irons take on Italian giants Juventus, German clubs Werder Bremen and Mainz and Spanish side Athletic Club in their now traditional curtain-raiser.

David Moyes' squad will also welcome Championship Play-Off finalists Brentford to London Stadium on Saturday 29 August at 2pm.

The Bees came within 90 minutes of reaching the Premier League for the first time in their history, finishing third in the Championship and defeating Cardiff City in the Play-Off semi-finals, only to be edged out 2-1 by local rivals Fulham at Wembley Stadium.

Moyes will then take his first-team squad to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday 1 September for a 4pm kick-off.

The Royals are managed by former West Ham full-back Mark Bowen, who spent the 1996/97 season in east London, making 20 appearances in Claret and Blue. Reading, whose squad includes ex-Hammer Sam Baldock, finished last season in 14th place. 

And a busy week will be completed by the visit of Bournemouth. The Cherries were relegated after a five-year stay in the Premier League in July and will be hoping to bounce back immediately under the management of east London-born manager Tindall, who has succeeded long-serving boss Eddie Howe.

The matches will form part of a shortened but busy pre-season schedule for the Irons, who will return from a training camp in Scotland to play a double-header at EFL League One side Ipswich Town and Championship new boys Wycombe Wanderers on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 August at 2pm.

West Ham will kick-off the 2020/21 season on the weekend of 12-14 September, when Newcastle United will be the visitors to London Stadium. Click here for the Hammers' full Premier League fixture list.

The announcement of further pre-season friendly matches will follow in due course on whufc.com and the Club’s social media channels.

Please note that all pre-season matches will be played without supporters present in line with Government guidelines. However, the Claret and Blue Army will be able to keep up with all of the action via official Club channels.

 

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