West Ham will be looking to continue their winning start to the Europa League when they host Rapid Wien at the London Stadium on Thursday at 8pm (UK time).
David Moyes’ men beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 away from home in their opening fixture, while Rapid Wien were beaten at home by Genk.
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Where to watch West Ham vs Rapid Wien on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
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Scoreline prediction: West Ham 2-0 Rapid Wien
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West Ham vs Rapid Wien build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
West Ham did not have a good relationship with the Europa League in the past, failing to reach the group stage in both 2015 and 2016, knocked out of the qualifying rounds by Astra Giurgiu. However, they bypassed the qualifying rounds this season going straight to the group stage as a result of their fifth-placed Premier League finish and they’ve got off to a good start. An away trip to Dinamo Zagreb in their opening game had the potential to be a tricky fixture but they came away with a 2-0 win and, since then, have quietly been going about their business. Although West Ham followed that win by losing 2-1 to Manchester United in the Premier League, they got their revenge in knocking the Red Devils out of the Carabao Cup and moved up to seventh in the league by beating Leeds at the weekend.
Rapid Wien, meanwhile, have not had a good start to the new season with their 1-0 defeat to Genk in keeping with their form in the Austrian Bundesliga. Last season’s runners-up, Rapid Wien are currently 11, having started the new campaign with just two wins from their opening nine league matches – losing five. They are already 19 points behind league leaders Red Bull Salzburg and appear set to face an uphill battle to replicate their finish from last season. That finish did see Rapid Wien reach the Champions League second qualifying round, where they were beaten by Sparta Prague, before beating Anorthosis and Zorya Luhansk to reach the Europa League group stage.
- West Ham (vs Leeds United): Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio.
- Rapid Wien (vs Sturm Graz): Gartler; Stojkovic, Greiml, Aiwu, Ullmann; Ljubicic, Petrovic; Arase, Knasmullner, Grull; Fountas.
West Ham have a fairly fit squad to choose from on Thursday, with Ryan Fredericks the only doubt. Lion Schuster, Christopher Dibon, Richard Strebinger and Oliver Strunz are out for Rapid Wien.
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Player to watch: Michail Antonio (West Ham)
What a 2021 Michail Antonio is having!
The Jamaican international ended the 2020/21 season with seven goals in 17 Premier League matches post-New Years and carried that form over to the new campaign. Across all competitions so far, Antonio has scored six goals in six appearances and recorded three assists at the spearhead of David Moyes’s attack. Remarkably, Antonio has only failed to score in one of his six appearances, with Southampton keeping him out, but he ended that one-game drought at the weekend, netting the winner in West Ham’s 2-1 win over Leeds.
He also scored West Ham’s first ever Europa League group stage goal, opening the scoring in the 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb after just 21 minutes. Even if Moyes decides to rotate, Antonio will be expected to play at least some part at the London Stadium and it wouldn’t be surprise if he continued his excellent season.
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