West Ham’s number in the upcoming FA Cup third round draw has been confirmed.
The Hammers will go into the hat along with every other Premier League club as the world’s oldest cup competition gets serious.
And Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be Number 42!
The draw will take place at Stamford Bridge on December 3 at 7:30pm.
Second round fixtures take place over the weekend, with Solihull Moors kicking things off against Blackpool on Friday night, live on BBC Two.
There will be 10 games on Saturday, headlined by Halifax Town vs AFC Wimbledon and Wrexham vs Newport County, while eight games will take place on Sunday, before Guiseley play Fleetwood Town on Monday.
The top six Premier League sides are represented as: 2. Arsenal. 12. Chelsea. 22. Liverpool. 23. Manchester City. 24. Manchester United. 39. Tottenham.
The FA Cup is the glory glory competition, and this is just another facet of the excitement leading up to it!
Of course, a game against a team from League Two or lower would be absolutely ideal, but a glamour tie away at the likes of City or United offers the chance of a memorable victory.
The Irons last won the FA Cup nearly 40 years ago, in 1980, and last reached the final in 2006, when a Steven Gerrard-inspired Liverpool ran out victorious.
But this squad is as good as it has been in years, and Pellegrini has the nous to guide the Irons to glory.
And he will surely have the hunger, too, with the former Manchester City boss failing to win the competition during his time at the Etihad, instead twice lifting the League Cup and the Premier League.
Let’s hope for a good draw, and a healthy run, to boost morale and get us dreaming!