West Ham manager David Moyes is likely to make changes when his side host Rapid Wien at the London Stadium in the Europa League.
The Hammers already have an impressive 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on their first Europa League tournament outing, and this game represents a huge opportunity to make it two wins from two for the Hammers with predictions from Soccer tipsters. David Moyes’ side are in decent form, and have tasted defeat just once – a narrow loss to Manchester United – in close to five months.
In terms of team news, Ryan Fredericks misses out because of a groin injury, and Vladimir Coufal, who is West Ham’s regular right-back, is also a doubt. That should mean a start for Ben Johnson.
Moyes is likely to make changes elsewhere too, though he’ll be mindful of ensuring West Ham are strong enough to convincingly win.
West Ham predicted lineup vs Rapid Wien – Europa League
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – Most managers look to rotate in goal but David Moyes isn’t most managers. Expect Fabianski, still the club’s regular number one, to start ahead of Alphonse Areola.
Ben Johnson (RB) – Ryan Fredericks is out with a groin injury and Vladimir Coufal is doubtful, leaving young Johnson to pick up the slack at right back.
Craig Dawson (CB) – Man of the match against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, it’s now time for Dawson to shine in Europe.
Issa Diop (CB) – Another strong display from Diop could give Moyes a serious selection headache going forward.
Arthur Masuaku (LB) – Aaron Cresswell could really do with the evening off, giving Masuaku the opportunity to strut his stuff down the left.
Alex Kral (DM) – A decent debut display in the Carabao Cup should lead to a first start in Europe for Kral.
Declan Rice (CM) – Should Rice be given the night off? Probably. Does Rice need to rest his legs ahead of big games ahead? Almost certainly. Will Rice start against Rapid? You bet he will.
Manuel Lanzini (CM) – Has a huge role to play in these European games, and also gets to prove a point at the same time.
Andriy Yarmolenko (RW) – Starts aren’t often afforded to Yarmolenko – you know, because of Jarrod Bowen’s existence – but this seems like the perfect opportunity to call on the Ukrainian’s experience.
Michail Antonio (ST) – A week’s rest prior to the win over Leeds last Saturday should mean Antonio is ready to go again. That and the fact he’ll be licking his lips at the prospect of bullying Rapid.
Nikola Vlasic (LW) – Had Vlasic not kept his cool and retained possession in the dying embers at Elland Road, West Ham likely wouldn’t have scored their counter attacking winner. His reward? A start here.