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Preview: West Ham United vs. Viborg FF - predictions, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole previews Thursday’s European Conference League match between West Ham United and Vivo FF, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

west ham united Begin their first leg with a bid to win on the main stage of European football for a second season in a row european conference league playoff draw Viborg FF.

Vibault has already completed two rounds in the competition, as the Hammers play their first continental event of the season.

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When West Ham lost to Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day of the 2021-22 Premier League, David Moyes He was upset that his team missed out on the Europa League for the second year in a row.

But after reaching the semi-finals in the same competition last season, Moyes and the East London team are looking to become the second European Conference League winners.

West Ham must first fight back from back-to-back home defeats to Manchester City and Nottingham Forest.

Moyes’ team did everything but score at the city ground. The Scots will feel the goal is close at hand, aided by more competition for places.

West Ham are clearly the favorites from this tie, but they don’t have fond memories of the matches they played in the qualifying rounds after losing to Astra Giurgiu in 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively.

Despite being labeled an underdog, Viborg can argue that they are heading for this draw.

Suduva and B36 Torshavn were sidelined with the only goal Viborg conceded after taking an aggregate 4-0 lead over the two games.

but, Jacob Frith His side has already seen them finish fifth in the Danish Superliga after losing two of their first five matches.

West Ham fans may know the name. Jan Zambreck When Jay Roy Grottoa player who cast spells at Leeds United and Brentford respectively.

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Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring his first goal for West Ham United on 9 January 2022 © Reuters

Moyes will inevitably make changes to his West Ham XI, but some of the club’s key players could retain their positions in the side.

Gianluca Scamakka Although he could be handed his first start at the club, Manuel Lanzini It’s an obvious alternative in creative fields.

Flynn Downs A midfield option and second-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola should start, but maxwell cornet We may have to make another outing from the stand-in’s bench.

After leading Silkeborg 2–0 at the weekend, Vries rested many players on the occasion.

That would depend on whether Frith chooses to deploy a more defensively oriented formation, which could lead to an unchanged Bibault starting lineup.

Grotto could hold his position mid-attack after scoring his first goal of the season over the weekend.

West Ham United starters:
Areola; Kfar, Zuma, Johnson, Cresswell. Downs, Rice, Ranzini.Bowen, Skamakka, Ben Rama

Viborg FF possible starting lineup:
Lund; Anyembe, Zaletel, Burgy, Sorensen. Bonde, Groening, Lehmans.Said, Grotto, Ronwake

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We say: West Ham United 2-0 Viborg FF

Despite possible changes, there is no danger that Moyes will disrespect Viborg as the club takes the competition seriously. The Hammers may not be firing on all cylinders, but we expect them to take a comfortable win at the London Stadium.

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