The broadcast decision makers are at it again after choosing West Ham United’s FA Cup trip to Stockport County for live coverage.
West Ham’s third-round tie at Stockport will now take place at 8pm on Monday 11 January.
The Hammers’ trip to Edgeley Park will be broadcast live in the UK by BT Sport.
The tie will be settled on the night, with extra-time and a penalty shootout if required.
West Ham, the broadcaster’s favourite team
West Ham have become the broadcaster’s favourite team when it comes to early cup draws.
And they clearly smell blood again this year, desperately hoping to be the ones to broadcast a banana skin as the Premier League side take on the National League club.
West Ham have given broadcasters good reason to choose them over the years.
It is a fixture famous for that own goal from ex West Ham striker Iain Dowie.
West Ham were dumped out by Stockport on that wet night in 1996.
BT Sport hope for another West Ham banana skin
Now BT Sport are desperately hoping another Hammers slip up against the same opposition 24 years on by selecting the game for TV coverage.
West Ham fans won’t complain too much.
After all away supporters won’t be able attend. So at least those with access to BT Sport will get to watch the game.
David Moyes can have the last laugh, though.
The Scot has said numerous times he wants to rid West Ham of their tag as being a ‘soft touch’.
West Ham’s excellent start to the season will give Moyes breathing space when it comes to planning an assault on the FA Cup.
Comfortable Moyes can have the last laugh and will surely go for it this year
The Hammers should have no relegation concerns this season.
And that will free Moyes up to go for it in a competition they have not won for 40 years.
With West Ham celebrating their 125th anniversary, it would be fitting to mark it with their first silverware for a generation.
West Ham fans will demand Moyes goes for it this year.
And so they should.
The Hammers look solid, competitive and dangerous this season. They don’t look a side who will roll over and be embarrassed by lower league opposition.
We’ll find out in a month.