Team news for the game against Wellington Phonenix has been announced by the official site at www.whufc.com and here’s the line-up:
Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid (c), Collins, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Jarvis, C.Cole
Subs: Adrian, Howes, Tomkins, Downing, Fanimo, O’Brien, Potts, Poyet, Vaz Te, Whitehead, Zarate
Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble are expected to play deep in midfield with Kevin Nolan ahead of them whilst Mohamed Diame and Matt Jarvis will play wide, with Carlton Cole in the central striking role.
Four of West Ham’s five summer signings – Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate, Aaron Cresswell and Diego Poyet – are all set to feature.
The Hammers will then receive a traditional Maori challenge in the shape of the Haka – the war dance performed regularly by the All Blacks rugby union side.
Coverage starts on BT Sport at 8.30 am.