West Ham United have discovered their Premier League fixture fate and, once again, it has not been kind to them on the opening day of the season.
The Hammers' 2019-20 campaign begins with none other than champions Manchester City coming to the London Stadium - a team they have lost to in the last seven meetings in a row in all competitions (11v11).
Aside from their head-to-head, Manuel Pellegrini's charges will lock horns with a side that has won two Premier League titles in a row and three major domestic trophies in 2018-19 - not to mention accruing 198 points in the last two seasons.
Put simply, it's a difficult task - and it will mark the sixth year in a row that West Ham have had to begin a Premier League season with a top-six team, having previously had to contend with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham (talkSPORT).
Here is how some West Ham fans reacted to the club's Twitter announcement of the fixture reveal:
Why are we given so many difficult games at the start— Eddie Carter (@eddstreams) 13 June 2019
Course it's city first— Jake Peralta (@JELC1505) 13 June 2019
Obviously it’s Man City first— Harry (@harrychittock) 13 June 2019
I always look at the first 5 games. Not a bad start overall. Could have been much worse. 9-10 points after 5 games would be a good start for us and an improvement over recent years. ⚒⚒⚒— G Briggs (@glennbriggs65) 13 June 2019
Open V Champion at home, COYI.— Ivan Hammer ⚒ (@IvanRPadron) 13 June 2019
Obviously a tough side in Man City first game, but with a big home turn out we may be able to catch them off guard. After City there are 4 or 5 winnable games so with that in hoping for a good start to the season. COYI— Antonio's Fan Club (@OurLordAntonio) 13 June 2019
City first up before hopefully they are in full stride then three very winnable games not bad really.— Gavin (@BoleynBoy64) 13 June 2019
Is this a joke?— Harry (@HarryODaly) 13 June 2019
Love the spread of competition. Set up to get a great start (except for City, week 1) in Pellegrini's second season. COYI Top 6!?!?! Let's get at it!— Ed Palumbo (@EdPal27) 13 June 2019
In their previous five opening games of the season, West Ham have won just once, against Arsenal at the Emirates in 2015, and last term, Pellegrini failed to win any of his opening four games in the league as West Ham boss and had to wait until the middle of September for his first three points (talkSPORT).
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