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Rapid Vienna vs West Ham: Europa League – LIVE!


West Ham United return to Europa League action on Thursday evening with a wintery trip to the Austrian capital.

Unbeaten and already through to the next round, West Ham can win the group with a victory at The Allianz Stadion and, while Michail Antonio will not be in contention, do have largely a clean bill of health outside of Angelo Ogbonna’s absence.

Moyes has admitted that the fact his side will playing in front of no away fans is a challenge but, frankly, West Ham need a performance here either way. After such a poor outing at Wolves, dusting themselves down and getting their confidence back ahead of the frantic Premier League fixture schedule is of the utmost importance.

Follow all the action LIVE with Jack Rosser reporting from Austria.

Live updates

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So it’s pretty much as expected for the Hammers. Soucek doesn’t get a rest, with Moyes still naming a strong side despite Rice, Cresswell, and Antonio not starting.

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WEST HAM LINE-UP

Starting XI: Areola; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Soucek; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlasic; Bowen

Subs: Randolph, Cresswell, Zouma, Johnson, Fredericks, Alese, Chesters, Kral, Rice, Benrahma, Fornals, Perkins

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Europa League favourites?

West Ham are fancied for a deep run in Europe this season, but the manager has warned his side not to get carried away.

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Match prediction

West Ham weren’t at their best in either the 2-2 draw away at Genk or the loss to Wolves but they have largely been impressive in a European context thus far.

For that reason, it would seem foolish to write them off.

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West Ham team news

The forward, who has just one goal in his last eight appearances for the club, is being carefully managed by his manager as the only senior striker in the squad.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Jarrod Bowen are set to share forward duties against the Austrian side, with a win ensuring West Ham’s place atop Group H.

West Ham predicted XI: Areola; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Kral; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlasic; Bowen

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How to watch

TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1.

Live stream: Subscribers will also be able to watch the game through the website or BT Sport app.

LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s LIVE blog. Jack Rosser will be at the ground.

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Welcome

Welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of West Ham’s trip to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League this evening.

Kick-off at The Allianz Stadion is at 17.45pm GMT with Jack Rosser in attendance.

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