The fourth-round FA Cup tie between the lowest-placed side in the FA Cup, Kidderminster Harriers and Premier League side West Ham United will be played in front of another sell-out crowd at Aggborough next Saturday.
The club announced on social media that tickets for the match, which will be broadcast across top channels, have sold out.
The Kiddy fans will be hopeful that their team can repeat the magic of the cup when David Moyes’ side comes to town after knocking off Championship club Reading in the previous round.
The Hammers’ manager played a strong team against Leeds United in the third round, and he is expected to make only a few changes versus Harriers next week.
Due to the international break, the London-based side will have a longer break before the clash, but Kiddy will have played three league games in 10 days.
They hosted Gloucester City on Saturday, before welcoming Leamington on Tuesday night. They played Kettering Town last week on Wednesday.
West Ham will be playing away to an unfamiliar opponent, which presents a real challenge for David Moyes and his men. Only recently, London neighbours Arsenal bowed out of the Carabao Cup following a surprise defeat to Nottingham Forest.
Moyes is well aware of the surprises that can happen in domestic competitions and will do everything to avoid an upset. Starting slots for his fringe players will be, but he cannot afford to gamble too much.
On the other hand, Kidderminster are playing well and will be playing at home. It takes eleven players for each side, and there is no room to feel intimidated by the opponent.
West Ham brushed aside Leeds United in the third round of the FA cup, in a match that the Londoners unleashed their full potential. Should they face Kidderminster with the same approach, there can only be one result, and that is a big win for the Premier League side.
The looming Kidderminster clash presents the immediate hurdle for Moyes’ side, but the bigger challenge awaits. Top guns Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United, and Everton await.
David Moyes knows too well what an FA Cup win would mean, not only for the Hammers’ faithful but also for the board. Few would have imagined West Ham would be placed among the top 6 teams in the English Premier League after 19 matches, but that is the case.
A trophy this season would be welcome, but it won’t be the sole measure of West Ham success this season. There will be tougher clashes, for example, and, depending on who West Ham will be paired with after the Kidderminster clash, there is the belief that this team can go all out as recently published on Vietnamese sports platform Vwin.
It will be remembered that the Hammers have beaten Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City in recent months, and the same can happen. It is the only possible trophy they can win this season, so there is belief that they will face every opponent with all they have. But first, Kidderminster awaits.