West Ham United U23s are set to make their debut at the London Stadium in Stratford on Monday Night as they host Fulham U23s in a key Premier League 2 clash.
The young Hammers currently occupy fifth place in the table, as they look to cement a play-off position in order to gain promotion to the top tier of development football.
It is going to be a tough test for West Ham, who face a Fulham side that are currently in second place. The West Londoners are the top scorers in the league, with leading scorer Stephen Humphrys alone netting 12 goals this campaign.
Lack of Form
Terry Westley’s team go into the encounter on he back of poor league form, as the claret and blue outfit have picked up just one point in their previous three league games. Fulham on the other hand are unbeaten in their last five fixtures.
Key striker Toni Martinez will be unavailable for selection, following the club’s decision to loan him out to Oxford United. His goals have been a crucial part of West Ham’s success thus far, so he will be a big miss.
Change in Stadium
However, a change in surroundings may be just what West Ham’s U23s need in order to turn their fortunes around. The side will play their final three league games at the London Stadium this season after playing the previous games at Dagenham & Redbridge.
In the reverse fixture at Craven Cottage, the East Londoners suffered a 4-1 defeat so they will be looking to get some revenge against their opponents on tonight, kicking off at 7pm. A win for the Irons would lift them up a position into fourth.