Saturday, July 11

Daily WHUFC News - Peterborough v West Ham United

Preview - Peterborough United

The ABAX Stadium
The background

West Ham United face their first pre-season friendly of the summer on
Saturday when they head to Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United.

While the Hammers have already played two UEFA Europa League games this
summer, seeing off FC Lusitans of Andorra by a 4-0 aggregate scoreline, a
group of senior players have been training in Ireland and have yet to put
that work into practice on the pitch.

A trip to Peterborough offers them the opportunity to get that game time
into their legs ahead of the start of the new Barclays Premier League
season, now just four weeks away.

Peterborough are playing their second warm-up game, having defeated
non-league Dulwich Hamlet on Thursday.

They finished ninth last season and will be hopeful of mounting a challenge
for promotion to the Championship in 2015/16.

The history

West Ham and Peterborough have met on four previous occasions, with the
Hammers coming out on top in all four meetings.

The last set of fixtures came in the 2011/12 campaign when both sides were
in the Championship. Sam Allardyce's men won 1-0 at the Boleyn Ground in
September, before Ricardo Vaz Te and Gary O'Neil struck at London Road to
give the east Londoners a 2-0 success.

Prior to that, the only other West Ham-Peterborough games came in 1992/93,
when the Hammers won 3-1 away and 2-1 at home.

Peterborough were founded in 1934 and have had three spells in the second
tier – one in the early 1990s and the latter two in the last decade. Twice
League Two winners, their trophy cabinet also contains the Football League

The match

Team news

West Ham United

Saturday's game will give Hammers fans a first opportunity to see several
first team stars in action this summer.

Manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that his team will be made up of players
who featured in the second training camp in Cork, and therefore missed both
legs of the UEFA Europa League tie against FC Lusitans.

That means the likes of Hammer of the Year Aaron Cresswell, Adrian, Mark
Noble and new signing Pedro Obiang could feature.

Peterborough United

Peterborough will give first run-outs of the summer to experienced defender
Gabriel Zakuani and Michael Bostwick.

Academy graduate Jack Collison could also be involved after signing for the
Posh this summer. Collison needs no introduction to Hammers fans, having
played 121 games for the Club before moving on last summer.

Another connection between the clubs is Posh assistant boss Grant McCann,
who came through the ranks at the Boleyn Ground and made four league
appearances for the Club.

Match facts

This is the first of six friendlies that the Hammers will contest this
summer, with matches against Southend, Colchester, Charlton, Norwich and
Werder Bremen to follow.
Jack Collison and Grant McCann provide the links between the two sides,
while the Posh's manager, Dave Robertson, grew up as a Hammers supporter.
Peterborough have spent the last two seasons in League One, following
relegation from the Championship. In 2013/14 they were defeated in the
Play-Off semi-finals by Leyton Orient and last term they finished ninth.
Their ABAX Stadium, traditionally known as London Road, holds 15,314
Tickets, travel, weather and coverage

Directions to the ABAX Stadium can be found here.
Supporters travelling by train can reach Peterborough from London King's
Cross in around 45 minutes. No engineering work is planned on the line for
Tickets for the game will be available at the ABAX Stadium, priced at £15
Adults and £5 Under-18s.
It looks like a decent day weather wise, with sunny spells and temperatures
reaching 23C (73F).
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Bilic ready for Posh test

Slaven Bilic is looking forward to taking charge of his new team for the
first time when they travel to Peterborough United for a pre-season friendly
on Saturday. Bilic was in the dugout as the Hammers saw off Lusitans on
Thursday, but left Academy Manager Terry Westley in control of the team. At
the ABAX Stadium, however, Bilic will take the players who have spent the
last week-and-a-half training in Cork and give them their first run out of
the summer. That means the likes of Hammer of the Year Aaron Cresswell, Mark
Noble and new signing Pedro Obiang could feature, and Bilic said: "We have a
game on Saturday against Peterborough. 99 per cent of that will be from the
guys in Cork. Maybe some of the players from Andorra will join us because we
have training on Friday afternoon and then we'll make a squad for Saturday.
Of course I'm looking forward to every game. "It has been an unusual
situation having two groups of players in different places over the last
couple of weeks. "I flew back from Ireland on Tuesday, then came to Andorra
with the team on Wednesday morning. Terry was in charge for that game but I
was with with him, then afterwards we are going to become a proper team. In
a normal situation."

Obiang and Payet set for appearances
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on July 10, 2015 in News, Whispers

West Ham fans are set to get their first look at new boys Pedro Obiang and
Dimitri Payet at Peterborough tomorrow. Slaven Bilic is taken a full
strength squad to London Road for the pre-season match and even though the
new boys may make just fleeting appearances both are scheduled for a run
out. Revealing the news to CaretandHugh David Gold said: "This is a
traditional fixture for us and as I understand it the plan is to give all
the top players a run out. "It may only be for ten minutes apiece maybe but
I believe that is the plan."

We like to fulfil this match every season because Barry Fry – their director
of football – is a really good friend. He's one of the nicest men in
football and it's good to be able to help them get some much needed cash
through the turnstiles."


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