Manchester City and West Ham United will round off their pre-season preparations with a friendly in the Icelandic capital city on August 4th. This summer’s Super Match will be played at Laugardalsvollur Stadium in Reykjavik at 2pm local time, giving Pep Guardiola and Slaven Bilic a final opportunity to fine-tune their squads ahead of next season, which gets under way a week later. If you plan to travel to Iceland for the match be preperad to pay at least 168 GBP for a return ticket. From Manchester you can fly both easyJet and Icelandair but from London you can choose from BA, easyJet, Icelandair and WOW air. Today easyJet has the lowest fares from both cities (168GBP from London and 225 from Manchester) but there are many flights to choose from so its wise to use Momondo (from London and from Manchester) to find the best schedule. Hotels in Reykjavik are well booked during the summer but click here make you own comparison of hotels in Reykjavik during the first weekend of August.
"Great respect for each other"
City and West Ham faced each other three times last season, with the Blues winning all three, including a 5-0 win at the London Stadium in January’s FA Cup third-round tie. The game could see former Blue Pablo Zabaleta play against City for the first time since his departure at the end of last season. The Argentine defender recently joined West Ham on a free transfer after bringing the curtain down on a successful nine-year spell at the Etihad Stadium. Slaven Bilic's side finished 11th in the Premier League last season and will be looking to secure a European place this time around. “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. 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," said the Hammers boss.
Looking forward to visiting the spectacular city of Reykjavik
“We are very excited to announce that two top clubs from Premier League are awaiting the Icelandic football fans this summer,” says Guðni Bergsson, President of the Football Association of Iceland and former Bolton and Tottenham player. Pep Guardiola says that his team is also looking forward to this exciting game against West Ham and to visiting the spectacular city of Reykjavik," Guardiola said. “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 pre-season preparations, and will be hugely important for us to fine tune the team in readiness for the new season.” Tickets will go on sale on June 22nd. For more information, visit the official Super Match website.