West Ham United’s fixture schedule for the Premier League restart is set to be decided at a crunch meeting on Thursday.
West Ham were due to play Wolves at home when football was shutdown back in March due to the global health crisis.
The Hammers are 16th in the table, but only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
David Moyes’s side have nine games to play to secure West Ham’s survival.
The odds are in West Ham’s favour on paper as the Hammers officially have the easiest run-in of the bottom six, read full story here.
Provisional fixture list set to be confirmed at Thursday meeting
According to The Guardian the Premier League is close to presenting a provisional fixture list for the remainder of the season to its clubs.
The league’s football operations team are working to finalise the remaining schedule for West Ham and the other 19 clubs.
It will reportedly feature full match rounds on six long weekends with matches from Friday to Monday. They will begin on Friday 19 and there will also be three – possibly four – midweek slots, incorporating games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Original schedule to be respected where possible
The intention is for the midweek rounds to be 23-25 June, 7-9 July and 14-16 July with July 18-20 also looking inevitable.
According to the Premier League’s plans, West Ham’s season will finish on the weekend of 25-26 July.
The original running order of the league match rounds is set to be respected where possible.
But West Ham’s home game against Chelsea is set to be bumped to midweek by FA Cup quarter-finals to be held on June 27-28.
Hammers could face three away games to kick-off restart
This is how West Ham can expect the provisional fixture list to look.
Although as The Guardian states there may be some ‘finessing’ at the big meeting of clubs and league bosses on Thursday.
With the Chelsea game moved it throws up the possibility West Ham could face two back-to-back away games just a few days apart a early on in the restart.
There is also the prospect of three games in a week/nine days between July 7 and July 16.
Provisional West Ham fixture list for Premier League restart:
Weekend of June 19 – West Ham vs Wolves
Midweek June 23-25 – Tottenham vs West Ham
Weekend of July 3 – Newcastle vs West Ham
Midweek July 7-9 – West Ham vs Chelsea
Weekend of July 10 – West Ham vs Burnley
Midweek July 14-16 – Norwich vs West Ham
Weekend of July 17 – West Ham vs Watford
Midweek July 18-20 – Man United vs West Ham
Weekend of July 25 – West Ham vs Aston Villa