West Ham v Juventus – London Stadium at 13:00 live on BT Sport 2
What better way to officially open your new stadium than to take on the Italian Serie A Champions before your campaign kicks off? Well, that’s what West Ham will be doing at the London Stadium on Sunday as they take on Juventus.
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West Ham head into this match on the back of a 3-0 win in the Europa League against Domzale on Thursday night; Cheikhou Kouyate grabbing a brace in West Ham’s first match at the London Stadium.
While their next Europa League play-off will be against Astra over two legs.
Slaven Bilic has been busy in the transfer window having secured the signatures of Sofian Feghouli and Harvard Nordtveit on free transfers, as well as splashing out £10 million on Manuel Lanzini who scored seven goals in 30 appearances last season in all competitions for the east London club while on-loan.
The Hammers had a remarkable campaign last year, qualifying for the Europa League and building a fortress at the Boleyn Ground for their final season, with the likes of Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell blooming under Bilic.
With the new stadium, it will be good to see how West Ham do, considering it is a bigger arena and it builds the stature of the club into one that should be competing for European football every year.
Juventus, meanwhile, will take on West Ham in their fourth pre-season friendly ahead of two more lined-up before their campaign kicks off against Fiorentina.
Prior to this match, Massimiliamo Allegri’s side took part in the ICC losing to Melbourne Victory on pens, before beating Tottenham 2-1; Paulo Dybala scoring the opener for the Italian giants.
The Old Lady completed the double last season having won the Serie A title for a fifth consecutive year, and the Coppa Italia for a second season running after beating AC Milan in the final.
On top of this, Allegri has been very busy in the transfer market having captured Dani Alves on a free transfer, Miralem Pjanic for £27 million and Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for £76 million. While Paul Pogba is continuously being linked with a move away from Turin.
Heading into the new campaign, Juventus have a squad full of quality and depth; they hold experience and are once again favourites for the Serie A title and may even challenge for the Champions League.
These two clubs have never met before, and the last time the Old Lady lost to an English side was in 2010 when they crashed out of the Europa League to Fulham.
Even though this is a special day for West Ham, I cannot see Juventus slipping up. Like most friendlies a lot of changes will take place, but with the depth in their squad Juventus will win this one.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Juventus -0.5 @ 2.01 with 188Bet
Prices correct at time of writing.