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Match Preview: West Ham United v Norwich City

30 August 2019

This weekend marks the final round of Premier League matches before the first international break of the season, with Norwich City set to face West Ham United on Saturday (3pm).

The match takes place at the Hammers’ London Stadium and will mark the first Canaries’ visit to the 66,000-seater arena in Stratford, London.

Here’s our preview of the game including a look at the opposition, information for supporters and much more:

The Opposition

Managed by Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham finished 10th last year and their signings over the summer have given fans optimism that they can qualify for Europe once again.

Pellegrini was handed the job after temporary boss David Moyes left at the end of the 2017-18 season. West Ham spent the first half of that campaign in the relegation zone but Moyes steered the Club to safety after Slaven Bilic was sacked in November.

Pellegrini spent over £80 million in his first transfer window, bringing in the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson, but they couldn’t quite bridge that gap to the European spots.

A year on and the east Londoners have spent big once again with their two marquee signings Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller [pictured] recognised as real coups.

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They opened their 2019-20 season with a 5-0 drubbing to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City but have recovered to pick up four points from their last two, including an impressive win last time out at Watford.

Mark Noble opened the scoring from the penalty spot but Andre Gray replied for Watford on 17 minutes.

However, the Hammers sealed a much-needed three points thanks to second-half strikes from Haller.

Info for supporters

Turnstiles will open 90 minutes prior to kick-off with the visiting supporters accessing the stadium via Entrance D in the South West corner.

Alcohol will be served before the match and during half-time with draught beers available at all kiosks.

We will operate a 100% person and 100% bag search, with stewards using pat down methods, scanners and security wands where necessary.

All safety and security information relating to London Stadium can be found at www.london-stadium.com/plan-your-visit/safety-and-security

Search points are positioned on the bridges as depicted in the attached map, with one lane on each bridge dedicated to accessibility supporters for ease of access. We would advise Norwich City supporters to arrive via Bridge 4 which is closest to the visitors turnstiles.

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Coach Parking

The coach park is located directly adjacent to Pudding Mill Lane station which you will see on the attached guide. West Ham United Supporter Liaison Officer’s will be at hand to guide your supporters on route to and from the stadium.

There is a dedicated Visiting Supporter Information Point located directly outside the visitors turnstiles to assist with any enquiries. Please note that any ticketing enquiries will likely be directed to the Ticket Office for assistance as they may need further review by a ticketing expert. All windows at the Ticket Office are fitted with audio-induction loops for deaf or hard-of-hearing supporters. Low-level counters are also available and are clearly signposted.

Post-match, Norwich City supporters will leave the stadium via the exit gates at turnstile D and make their way down the stairs directly in front of the visitors section. A lift is situated in-between the two sets of stairs for any supporters who require it. From here, supporters will be able to travel to their onward destination with the guidance of stewards and SLO staff.

Accessibility 

For full details on accessible services and facilities, we would recommend that supporters read our Access Statement or the Accessibility section on Hammers Help.

There is a complimentary Accessible Shuttle Bus service positioned at the Away Coach Drop-off Point (adjacent to Pudding Mill Lane station) to help Norwich City supporters with accessibility requirements in travelling the short distance to the visitors entrance. For any accessibility supporters making their way back to the away coaches after the match, the Shuttle Service will be available from Car Park 1A, adjacent to Bridge 4. DLOs (pink) and SLOs (blue) will be on hand to direct Norwich City supporters from the coach to the shuttle bus pick-up point.

Any pre-arranged ticket collections for Norwich City supporters will be available from the North Ticket Collection Office situated between turnstiles J and K. Supporters will need to provide photographic identification in order to collect their tickets.

How to follow

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more info, click HERE.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Canary fans can also sign up to the Norwich City WhatsApp group to receive the starting line-up ahead of the game sent straight to your phone, as well as the half-time and full-time score and game highlights. Click HERE to sign up. 


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