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The rest of West Ham’s holiday and New Year’s schedule

The always busiest period of the year

West Ham United v Watford FC - Premier League Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images

West Ham United’s 2-0 loss to Watford to kick off their 2018-19 holiday season period will feature three more games against sides below the Hammers in the Premier League table, as well as the FA Cup Third Round capper.

On Thursday, the Hammers will face off against a rejuvenated Southampton side under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Saints have been on a row almost like the Hammers just were in their previous four game winning streak, as the Austrian has seen his novel side win the last two games, including a 3-2 victory over Arsenal on December 16.

After Southampton, the Hammers are back at it on New Year’s Eve Eve (Sunday), when they face off against struggling Burnley. After being the 2017-18 Premier League darlings, Sean Dyche’s plucky side have returned back to what they normally are and could be in a relegation fight all the way to Matchday 38.

The Hammers tolerable holiday schedule will conclude with a post New Year’s Day matchup against Arsenal at the London Stadium on next Wednesday (December 2).

Finally, for your FA Cup news, the Hammers close the special middle part of the English footballing season with a home Third Round cup fixture against Birmingham City.