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The Hammers return to the top flight with a home match against Aston Villa but will have to negotiate a tricky winter if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

West Ham mark their return to the Premier League after a one year absence with the visit of Aston Villa to Upton Park.

The Hammers will be looking to take advantage of further home fixtures against Fulham, Sunderland and Southampton in the opening three months of the season, in their quest to retain top flight status.

November and December's scheduled matches will be a severe test of the Londeners' capability to do just that, with games against Manchester rivals City and United, London derbies against Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal and a home tie with Liverpool all in the pipe line.

Sam Allardyce's men will however, look to a comparably easier run-in to their maiden season back in the Premier League, with fixtures lined up against fellow top flight newcomers Southampton and a final day match with Reading at Upton Park.


WEST HAM
AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
18: Aston Villa

25: Swansea
1: Fulham

15: Norwich

22: Sunderland

29: QPR

6: Arsenal

20: Southampton

27: Wigan


3: Man City

10: Newcastle

17: Stoke

24: Tottenham

27: Man Utd


1: Chelsea

8: Liverpool

15: West Brom

22: Everton

26: Arsenal

29: Reading


JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
1: Norwich

12: Sunderland

19: QPR

30: Fulham

2: Swansea

9: Aston Villa

23: Tottenham



2: Stoke

9: Man Utd

16: Chelsea

30: West Brom
6: Liverpool

13: Southampton

20: Wigan

27: Man City
4: Newcastle

12: Everton

19: Reading



*Home fixtures highlighted in bold

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