West Ham United return to the Europa League on Thursday evening with a winter trip to the Austrian capital.
Unbeaten and already qualified for the next round, West Ham can win the group with a victory at the Allianz Stadion and, although Michail Antonio is not in contention, has largely a good health record outside of the absence. by Angelo Ogbonna.
Moyes has admitted that it is a challenge for his team to play in front of zero fans but, frankly, West Ham needs a performance here anyway. After such a bad outing for Wolves, dusting off and regaining their confidence ahead of the frenetic Premier League fixture list is of the utmost importance.
Follow all the action LIVE with Jack Rosser’s reporting from Austria.
The players are on the pitch in Vienna, greeted by the Europa League soundtrack which tries to hide the silence of the empty stands.
10 minutes to go
Warm-ups finished, kick-off at just over 10 minutes. The Hammers seek to ensure the continuation of their European adventure until 2022.
How’s it going…
West Ham are undefeated and already qualified for the next round, leading second-placed Dinamo Zagreb by four points.
Tonight’s victory would see David Moyes’ side advance to the final 16 as group winners.
Jack Rosser at the Allianz Stadion
No fans on the ground
Tonight’s game will be played behind closed doors, after Austria entered a nationwide lockdown on Monday following an increase in COVID cases in the country.
Teams have practiced a lot to play without fans over the past 18 months.
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So it’s pretty much as expected for the Hammers. Soucek is not resting, Moyes still naming a strong team despite the fact that Rice, Cresswell and Antonio do not start.
WEST HAM RANGE
Starting eleven: Areola; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Soucek; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlasic; Bowen
Subtitles: Randolph, Cresswell, Zouma, Johnson, Fredericks, Alese, Chesters, Kral, Rice, Benrahma, Fornals, Perkins