As we know all to well with Premier League fixtures, they are almost certain to change at the drop of a hat so I will try to make sense of this years fixtures and compare them to fixtures of yesteryear.
With all fixture lists the fans will look straight to the first game of the season, the last game of the season and where their teams will be playing on the traditional Boxing Day fixture. Hammers have seen their team play away on all of these three key dates two seasons out of the last three with last season being the only exception thanks to the visit of Everton to close the season.
The Hammers played all three of these key dates away during the 16/17 season, the 15/16 season and fortunes won’t favour them during the 18/19 season either as Pellegrini’s men will do so again next term too with trips to Liverpool, Southampton and Watford respectively.
Previous key fixtures:
How have The Hammers faired with these fixtures in the last 12 Premier League seasons? West Ham have played part in 11 of the last 12 Premier League campaigns and will their 6 consecutive campaign since their first season promotion after their relegation in 2011.
Hammers haven’t had their fair share of Boxing Day fixtures throughout the years with 7 played away from home whilst only 4 were played at home. Hammers have will play away on Boxing Day for the 5th time in as many years this season with a trip to the south coast. The 12/13 season saw Hammers miss out on the traditional Boxing Day fixture, I believe this was due to the game being postponed because of snowy and icey conditions around the ground.
On the final day Hammers have played 6 games at home and 6 games away, although the first game of the season has been slightly more kinder to the Hammers as they’ve hosted 7 games at home and travelled away on 5 occasions. Hammers can count themselves unlucky though, especially in recent history with the away game against Liverpool on 11/08/18 being their 4th opening day away game in a row.
Below are the scheduled fixtures released this morning.
July the 6th is around the date that the August and September fixtures picked for broadcasting.
August the 7th is around the date that the October and September fixtures will be picked for broadcasting.
As always we look forward to the rivalries, we will play Chelsea and Tottenham at home within the opening 9 games. Although these fixtures are pencilled in for 22/09/18 and 20/10/18 both fixtures are subject to change due our London rivals European commitments, Chelsea looking almost certain to be moved a day later to Sunday 23/09/18. The reverse fixtures are pencilled in to take place in April on 06/04/19 and 27/04/19.
Rest of the top 6:
We play away to Liverpool and Arsenal in the opening month of the season before the visit of the Manchester clubs ManchesterUnited and Manchester City in September and November. Our reverse fixtures with Arsenal and Liverpool are in January and February whilst the away fixtures to both Manchester clubs are scheduled for late February and mid April.
August will see every club looking to getting off to a good start in the league in the opening months, although not every club can. Hammers have two very tough and testing away trips to Liverpool and Arsenal in August with the visit of Bournemouth to London Stadium wedged in between. Hammers fans will be hoping Pellegrini’s new look Hammers side can mirror the same start they had during the 2015/16 season when new manager Slaven Bilic guided The Hammers to two away wins against Arsenal and Liverpool in the month of August, although they’ll be hoping the home visit of Bournemouth doesn’t end in defeat this time round.
September looks to be a very tough yet important month for The Hammers, new manager Pellegrini will look to make the London Stadium more like home and he will hope to do that sooner than later with the very challenging opening months. September will see Hammers host Wolves, Chelsea and Manchester United as Pellegrini’s men travel to Everton for their only away trip that month.
December as always is very tough month for every club with a very congested fixture list but The Hammers will look upon this month to capitalise as they don’t face any of last season’s top 6 sides during the Christmas period. Hammers will host three games against Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and Watford whilst they head on the road four times to travel to Newcastle, Fulham, Southampton and Burnley.
January is another important month for clubs in the footballing calendar with the fall out from the testing seasonal fixtures, an FA Cup 3rd round tie crammed in and the struggles and strains of the transfer window. Hammers will host Brighton and Arsenal before traveling to Bournemouth and Wolverhampton. There may well be an FA Cup 4th round match a League Cup Semi Final for The Hammers if they see themselves go on a cup run in either competition.
March will see The Hammers host three games at the London Stadium against Newcastle, Huddersfield and Everton with a trip to Wales to face Cardiff. Hammers will hope to make the most of this month with the season slowly winding down, having to travel away in 5 of their final 6 games.
April will see Pellegrini’s side travel to Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham whilst their only home fixture in the closing 6 games will be against Leicester City. With the trip to Wales the month before and 5 away trips to close out the season, Hammers will be thankful that three of their final 5 away trips are in London. Hammers will close out the season in May the visit of Southampton before the trip to Watford.