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Preview: Bristol City v West Ham

Bristol City take on West Ham in the fourth round of the FA Cup this Sunday at 2pm.

All the key information on Sunday's opponents can be found below.

WEST HAM UNITED
The Hammers have built a strong squad for this season and currently lie in seventh place in the Barclays Premier League. They boast a defence who have conceded just 29 goals this term, a bullish midfield containing stars such as Alex Song and Stewart Downing, and a tough strike force who have scored 18 of the club’s 35 league goals. They have also recorded wins against Manchester City and Liverpool this campaign. The club have three FA Cup successes to their name (1964, 1975 and 1980).

MANAGER
Sam Allardyce - Former professional player who made more than 400 career appearances across an array of clubs including Bolton Wanderers, Millwall and Preston North End. He has had a hard time winning over the fans at Upton Park for his direct style of play, but with his side now producing what he calls ‘tippy-tappy’ football, the supporters are warming to him once more. The 60-year-old managed eight clubs before his time at West Ham, most notably Bolton, who he guided to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1999/2000, and to the top flight via the play-offs the following year.

STAR MAN
Stewart Downing – A graduate of Middlesbrough’s Academy, Downing made 234 appearances for his boyhood club. He featured against City in 2007 for Boro as they needed penalties to progress into the fifth round. The England international moved to Aston Villa for a fee of £12m in the summer of 2009 and his form saw him move to Liverpool for a big money move (reportedly £20m) in 2011. He played in the Reds side who were runners-up to Chelsea in the FA Cup in 2012, before moving to West Ham a year on after a turbulent time at Anfield.

OFFICIALS
Lee Mason will be the man in the middle for Sunday’s clash. He will be assisted by Stuart Burt and Mike Perry, while Roger East will be the fourth official.

TICKETS
The match is now sold out.

LAST TIME OUT
Cole Skuse cancelled out James Tomkins' opener at Ashton Gate to earn City their second draw of the season against the Hammers.

LAST SEASON
Premier League: 13th
FA Cup: Third round (lost to Nottingham Forest)
Capital One Cup: Semi-finals (lost to Manchester City)

DID YOU KNOW?
West Ham United were previously named Thames Ironworks. It was not until the turn of the century that the club changed to its current name.

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