Manchester City will finalise their pre-season tour with a friendly against West Ham in Iceland. Pep Guardiola’s side will gear up for the opening Premier League fixture against Brighton by facing the Hammers in Reykjavik eight days before their visit to the Amex Arena.
The hopeful Premier League champions will travel to Iceland on August 4th, shortly after returning home from a pre-season tour to the United States. City will play Manchester United, Tottenham, and Real Madrid in America before taking on Slaven Bilic’s side in the Icelandic capital city.
City and West Ham both confirmed the fixture earlier this afternoon on their respective social media platforms. The match will be the third meeting between the two sides in 2017 – City winning the two previous games 0-5 and 0-4 at the London Stadium.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 14, 2017
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 14, 2017
The news now ensures City will return to Scandinavia for the second year running. Last year, City faced Arsenal in Sweden before the opening game of the season and ultimately suffered a 3-2 defeat to Arsene Wenger’s side in Stockholm.
Pep Guardiola expressed his delight at returning to the north of Europe this summer: “We are really looking forward to this exciting game against West Ham, and to visiting the spectacular city of Reykjavik,”
The friendly could provide former City player Pablo Zabaleta with the opportunity to play against his old side for the first time following his release by City last month.