David Moyes’ West Ham travel to Kidderminster in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup where they will hope to avoid an embarrassment against the competition’s lowest-ranked side
West Ham United will be hoping for a professional performance and a routine win on Saturday when they face non-league Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
The Hammers are back in action following their two-week winter break but will have no excuses should they fail to defeat their opponents this weekend, with their hosts five divisions below them.
Kidderminster compete in the National League North and remain the lowest-ranked side in the competition following their shock comeback win over Championship side Reading in the previous round.
Russell Penn’s side had already come through five rounds in order to achieve that Reading tie, and so the visit of West Ham represents their seventh opponent in the competition this season.
The Hammers defeated Premier League rivals Leeds United 2-0 in the previous round and will be expecting to pull off a more comfortable result here, although there is never an easy game in the FA Cup.
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When is Kidderminster vs West Ham?
Kidderminster vs West Ham will kick-off at 12:30pm on Saturday, February 5 at Aggborough Stadium.
The last meeting between the two sides represents their only meeting, which also took place in the FA Cup, as the Hammers defeated their hosts 1-0 in the Fifth Round in 1994 thanks to a goal from Lee Chapman.
Kidderminster will take confidence from knowing they have been defeated just once in their previous eight games however, while West Ham’s four-match winning streak was brought to an end by Leeds last time out.
how to watch
The game has been selected for live coverage and will be televised on BBC One, while the match can also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC iPlayer app.
Highlights will also be available on The FA Cup: Fourth Round Highlights show at 22:30 on BBC One.
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Kidderminster can be expected to play a full strength side for this tie but they will be missing Marcus Dinanga after he was recalled from his loan spell by parent club Altrincham.
Nathan Cameron and Joe Foulkes are back in training and will be pushing for starts, but the game is expected to come too soon for Keziah Martin and Ethan Freemantle following their returns from injury.
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Despite West Ham not playing for two weeks, David Moyes is expected to play a weakened side ahead of their return to Premier League action in midweek, but there could be returns for Mark Noble (knee) and Lukasz Fabiaski.
A late decision will be made on Michail Antonio after he arrived back late from international duty, while Said Benrahma is available following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations. Angelo Ogbonna (knee) remains out for the long-term.