West Ham face Villa in Season opener

The fixtures for next season have been announced this morning and West Ham face a tricky trip to Villa Park on the first day of the season, Saturday 14 August.  This is followed by a home game against bogey side Bolton and an away trip to Old Trafford, so not the easiest start for Avram Grant's men.  Things don't get much easier in September with derbies at home against Chelsea and Spurs and a trip up to Stoke.

The last game of the season sees the Hammers home to Sunderland, so hopefully 3 points there should we need them!  Full fixture list is available at the official site