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.