CONFIRMED: West Ham line-up v Schalke

Here is how West Ham United will line up against Schalke this afternoon.

West Ham United starting XI: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Collins, Potts, Nolan, Kouyate, Poyet, Fanimo, Downing, C.Cole

West Ham United face Schalke in the Schalke 04 Cup on Saturday, with manager Sam Allardyce set to see just how ready his players are for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

The Hammers will follow up this afternoon’s match with another game on Sunday, this time against Spanish side Malaga. But for now all their attention will be on the Bundesliga club.

West Ham’s pre-season campaign has not been as impressive as fans would have hoped, with draws against Stevenage and Ipswich Town followed by back-to-back losses against Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC.

So in short, it is time for the Premier League side to build up some momentum as the new domestic campaign approaches.

Not that it will be easy against a tough Schalke side who qualified yet again for the Champions League last season.

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