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West Ham vs. Manchester City FA Cup clash moved to awkward Friday night timeslot

Manchester City’s first trip to West Ham’s new London Stadium in the FA Cup third round has been moved to a Friday night, the FA have confirmed.

The fixture, which had been given a generic 3pm Saturday kick-off prior to TV scheduling, will now take place on on Friday 6 January with a kick-off time of 7.55pm.

The game will be broadcast on BBC One and is another example of little consideration being shown for away fans, with northern Blues having to find a way to travel down south on a work day.

City return to the same stadium less than a month later when they face the Hammers in a Premier League tie on 1 February.

Not since ending the 30-plus year trophy drought in 2011 have Manchester City lifted the FA Cup, falling just short in 2013 during the infamous defeat to Wigan at Wembley Stadium – Roberto Mancini’s last game in charge.

Pep Guardiola’s side have not been given the easiest draw for the third round, but will be hoping for a good cup run after Manuel Pellegrini sent out a weakened team to be thrashed by Chelsea in the fifth round last season.

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