Hammers Open With Cherries Trip

The fixture list for the 2023/24 Premier League season was released earlier today and West Ham United will open the new campaign with a trip to The Vitality Stadium and take on AFC Bournemouth.

With the news being confirmed this week that David Moyes will remain as manager, the Scotsman will take his team back to the South Coast, where they achieved one of only three away wins last term.

The start of the home run of games appears to be a more difficult one for the Hammers however, as Mauricio Pochettino brings his new Chelsea side to East London for the first derby of the season.

West Ham hadn’t had the best start to the last campaign and then they came up against a team that they are yet to get a top-flight win against in Brighton and Hove Albion. The Seagulls yet again grabbed all three points. The question is, will the tables finally turn for the Irons when they make a second trip on the bounce to the South Coast at the end of August.

September looks to be a tough month with two newly-promoted sides within a four-match spell for the East Londoners. They fell just short of beating last season’s Sky Bet Championship play-off winners Nottingham Forest, as they lost 1-0 at The City Ground. The team will certainly be hoping for a better outcome this time around when they play newly-promoted Luton Town at Kenilworth Road to kick off the month.

After the first international break of the season, West Ham return to action with a home game against current Champions Manchester City, before a trip to Anfield, followed by a meeting with Championship runners-up Sheffield United in East London.

October starts with a notable fixture at home to UEFA Champions League new boys Newcastle United, while the month also features games against both Aston Villa and Everton.

In four previous league meetings against Brentford, the Irons have never won but, will they get their first win against the Bees when they travel to The Gtech Community Stadium on November 4. The trip to West London is during a month that also includes a first meeting with newly-promoted Burnley.

With the break for the Fifa World Cup in Qatar last term, there were only two December fixtures. However, they are back in full swing for 2023/24 and West Ham are involved in three consecutive London derbies in what is always a busy month. They kick it off with a visit from Crystal Palace, before a Tuesday night fixture under the lights at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where they will face new boss Ange Postecoglou.

Three days later, Moyes takes his side to Craven Cottage to meet Marco Silva and Fulham.

After that busy week, they then face back-to-back home games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United.

Boxing Day sees the Hammers make the same journey as at the same point in 2022 with an away game against Arsenal, while they are then back in front of their own fans to finish off 2023 with a clash against Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton and Hove Albion.

Due to FA Cup fixtures, there are only two league matches scheduled for January. 2024 commences with the trip to newly-promoted Sheffield United, before the reverse fixture against AFC Bournemouth.

The highlights of February see the Irons go to Old Trafford and then Arsenal come to East London a week later.

Back in February 2022, the Irons took a point away from St James’ Park. Will they be able to do the same again at the end of March? That month also includes games against Everton, Aston Villa and newly-promoted Burnley.

April includes five games. They see Moyes’ men on the road at both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace, whilst hosting Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Liverpool.

What a run to end the season with!!! The Hammers head to Stamford Bridge, as well as The Etihad Stadium. On the other hand, things may be a bit easier as the curtain comes down in Stratford on 11 May with a visit from newly-promoted Luton Town.

A full fixture list is available on the club’s official website.

West Ham also have another European run to contend with in the coming season, as their success in the UEFA Europa Conference League Final means that they are back in the UEFA Europa League. Details of that draw, along with any movement on the transfer front both in and out of the club will be confirmed by this site as soon as they are available.