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#STAYINtertotoCup: Preview: Iron v West Ham United

17 April 2020

The Iron take on Premier League side West Ham United in the final of three Group K matches in the STAY INtertoto Cup.

United come into the game after two successive draws in the competition. John McAtee first earned a point in their opening match against Bolton Wanderers in an eight-goal thriller. The encounter ended 4-4, before two goals were shared equally in his latest match against Ben Wilmot of Swansa City.

He also faced the Trotters' Harry Brockbank and will face Ryan Fredericks in his final Group K match.

As a result, the Iron are currently second place, ahead of Swansea City on goals scored, but behind Bolton via the same sorting method. Meanwhile, West Ham - who the Iron face next - are level on goals scored, so Scunthorpe are currently ahead on alphabetical order.

John McAtee will now face Ryan Fredericks (West Ham), with the winner of the game guaranteed to make it through to the knockout stages. A draw would see both teams drawing on all counts available, with the Iron ahead on alphabetical order - but we would presume an immediate rematch will take place.

If you’re not yet up to date on social media, the STAY INtertoto Cup has succeeded the Ultimate Quaran-Team tournament which took Twitter by storm, with 128 teams across the globe getting involved in the FIFA challenge.

Wolverhampton Wanderers were the inaugural winners of that competition and now 64 teams are to compete across eight nations. The difference this time is that all 64 teams are being represented by one of their professional footballers.

The initiative is one borne out of the desire to bring clubs together during a time of unprecedented measures surrounding COVID-19, and to also raise money for NHS staff and projects to support those suffering with the Coronavirus. You can donate on the tournament’s Just Giving page: 

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