Match Preview: West Ham United U23s vs Villarreal U23s: Premier League International Cup Group F Matchday Two

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In the second of their European adventures, Terry Westley’s U23s face the exciting prospect of welcoming Villarreal to the Chigwell Construction Stadium on Matchday Two of the Group Stages of the Premier League International Cup.

Our youngsters go into the clash off the back of an impressive 1-2 victory in the North East over Sunderland, whereas Villarreal travel to London after a 2-2 draw away to CD Ebro.

When?

The tie is scheduled for tomorrow night (Wednesday 4 October 2017) with a kick-off time of 19:00 in Dagenham.

Sadly, there will be no TV or Radio Coverage of the encounter available in the UK, but you can be sure of finding live updates and reaction from the affair on Twitter @MooreThanAClub.

Where?

Dagenham & Redbridge’s Chigwell Construction Stadium will host the meeting, our U23’s have been using the stadium, located in Dagenham, Essex, since the start of last season.

Opening in 1916, the small venue has a capacity of just over 6,000 and a record attendance of around 500 below that number, it is the first time that the Yellow Boys have visited the Stadium.

Team News

Terry Westley is expected to be without an entourage of his starlets due to the International Break as Martin Samuelsen is away with Norway U21s, keepers Nathan Trott and Rihards Matrevics are with England U20s and Latvia U19s respectively.

Elsewhere, Dan Kemp has been called up to the England U19 Squad and Anthony Scully will also be absent with the Republic of Ireland U19s.

Meanwhile, Villarreal B’s team of Assistant Managers will have a similar selection problem when it comes to choosing the starting Xl and are expected to delve into the C Team.

However, bright young stars such as Ramiro Guerra Pereyra, Miguel Juan Llambrich, and First-Teamer Víctor Moya Martinez are all still expected to feature.

Form

Youth Teams from West Ham United and the Spanish outfit Villarreal have never met in competition football, as is the same with the two first teams.

However, more recently we faced the Yellow Submarine in friendly action in welcoming them to Upton Park in what is now the Betway Cup, with a 1-1 draw being played out at the beginning of the 2008/2009 campaign.

The Opposition

In line with the youth format of Spanish football, the younger teams are divided into B and C Sides, competing in the same pyramid as the first team.

Villarreal B currently ply their trade in the Segunda Division B, the third tier of football in Spain, but have featured in the Segunda Division in recent seasons.

Following the recent graduation of Manager Javier Calleja to the senior squad after the departure of Fran Escriba, the starlets are currently without a Head Coach and will be headed by a team of Assistants in East London.

Interestingly, the Yellow Submarine were one of the first sides to win the Premier League International Cup, an inaugural tournament consisting of PL2 Division One outfits and other sides from across Europe, after they beat PSV in the final of the 2015/2016 version at The Den.

They were also 3-2 victors in Matchday One of this season’s competition over Benfica, whereas, we were thrashed 7-2 by Spurs at the Lamex Stadium.

So, with all of tomorrow night’s action previewed and poised to unfold, can our young Hammers keep their European hopes alive with a vital three points? Or, will the Spaniards continue to stream-roll towards a second Premier League International Cup title?