It was a routine win for Billy McKinlay’s men last week, who was standing in for the suspended David Moyes, as West Ham beat Viborg 3-1 in the first leg of their play-off qualifier, offering the club some much-needed respite from their woeful start to the Premier League season, in which they are pointless and goalless.
The Hammers were a step away from making the Europa League final last season, but just came up short to eventual winners Frankfurt in the penultimate round. Moyes will be aiming for another deep run in continental football, but first he must secure his side a safe passage to the Conference League groups.
Despite trailing by two goals, Viborg will take confidence from their first-leg performance, in which they nabbed a goal shortly after going 2-0 down. Knowing they have the capacity to hurt the Premier League side should be enough kindling to fuel manager Jacob Friis’s pre-match team talk.
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Viborg vs West Ham match stats
Despite struggling to find the back of the net in their opening three Premier League games of 2022/23, West Ham managed to breach the Viborg goal three times last week. Gianluca Scamacca, who is yet to start for the club in the English top flight, will almost certainly get a run-out here to bulk up his minutes and give him some much-needed game time ahead of the weekend’s trip to Aston Villa. The towering Italian was a force in the first leg, linking play well and opening his account for the Hammers. With minutes in the Premier League so far coming at a premium for him, he’ll make sure to capitalise on his pitch time this week.
Viborg vs West Ham: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Viborg 0-2 West Ham
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Viborg 0-2 West HamEuropa Conference League Qualifier
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It was a tentative West Ham performance last week, but the club managed to get the goals to give themselves a two-goal cushion travelling to Denmark. Scamacca, as mentioned, netted on his debut start, heading home from a Maxwel Cornet cross, while Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio also got on the scoresheet.