West Ham swap opening home game with Southampton

  • The World Athletics Championship finishes at the London Stadium on August 13 
  • West Ham were due to play Southampton on Saturday, August 19 
  • However, that fixture will now be played on Saturday, March 31, 2018 

Pa Reporter

West Ham’s first home game of the 2017-18 Premier League season will come in September after the fixtures with Southampton were reversed due to the World Athletics Championships taking place at the London Stadium.

West Ham had been scheduled to host Southampton on Saturday, August 19, but the athletics showpiece finishes less than a week earlier, running from August 4 to August 13, and it will take time to return the stadium to ‘football mode’.

The reversal of the fixtures means St Mary’s will host the August match and Saints are scheduled to return to…

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