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Manchester City to face West Ham United in August Iceland friendly

With the 2017-18 English Premier League fixtures being announced, ESPN previews the opening fixtures and key dates of the North London, Manchester and Merseyside derbies.

West Ham have announced that they will play a preseason friendly against Manchester City in Iceland later this summer.

Pep Guardiola's side will face the Hammers in Reykjavik on Friday, Aug. 4, eight days before their opening Premier League fixture at newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

City start preseason with International Champions Cup games against Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur in the United States before returning to Manchester on July 30.

"We are really looking forward to this exciting game against West Ham, and to visiting the spectacular city of Reykjavik," Guardiola told City's official website. "Iceland is a beautiful country, and it is going to be a real pleasure for us to take our team out there experience the scenery and culture, meet the people and entertain the fans. We know that English football is loved by the fans out there, and we've had a fantastic welcome when we've played there in the past.

"This match will be a fantastic occasion, and we'll be looking to put on a great show for our supporters. Manchester City and West Ham played out some brilliant matches last season, and this game will be no different -- it will be the culmination of our preseason preparations, and will be hugely important for us to fine tune the team in readiness for the new season."

The squad for those matches is still to be confirmed but City could be without several high-profile players, who could instead play in Reykjavik.

New £43 million signing Bernardo Silva could miss the U.S. tour if, as seems likely, he is given time off after playing for Portugal at the Confederations Cup.

The involvement of Gabriel Jesus in the U.S. tour is still to be confirmed after he suffered a fractured eye socket while playing for Brazil last week.

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is also unsure how much he will play as he recovers from a cruciate knee ligament injury that has ruled him out for the last six months.

The fixture will conclude West Ham's preseason games and see Pablo Zabaleta given the opportunity to face his former side.

"It is fantastic that we will make history by becoming the first Premier League clubs to face each other in Iceland, and we are really looking forward to visiting Scandinavia, where there is a very big West Ham following," Slaven Bilic said.

"Iceland captured the imagination of everyone with their fantastic performance at the European Championships last year and, although the country is small in population, they have a huge love for football.

"It is also the perfect fixture for City and ourselves, because we have great respect for each other and will both be looking for the same positives from the game, in terms of fitness and preparation for the start of the Premier League season a week later."

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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