Moyes fields same team as first leg in Holland


West Ham  are unchanged from the first leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final when they take on AZ Alkmaar in Thursday evening’s return.

Goals from Michail Antonio, who has shaken off a slight calf injury to lead the line in successive European semi-finals, and Saïd Benrahma give the Irons a one-goal advantage, although the job will have to be finished in Alkmaar.

Vladimír Coufal returns to the matchday squad for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury at Manchester City two weeks ago, and the Czech international will hope to play is part in taking the Hammers to his capital, Prague, come 7 June.

 Alphonse Areola is retained as the European goalkeeper, an seeks his seventh clean sheet in a competition.

The French stopper becomes West Ham’s all-time European appearance holder and the first player to play 25 matches in European competition for the Club.

Moyes’ side are unbeaten in all 13 of their first fixtures in the competition and name Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd and Aaron Cresswell in defence. Zouma and Cresswell both started the second leg of the Irons’ UEFA Europa semi-final 12 months ago.

Alongside Aguerd, Tomáš Souček is the second player retained from the 2-0 defeat by Brentford on Sunday and is set to partner skipper Declan Rice and Paquetá in midfield. The club captain makes his 20th European appearance for the Club.

AZ players

Looking for his eighth goal in Europe this season, Antonio leads the line supported by Jarrod Bowen and Benrahma.

West Ham United: Fabiański, Kehrer, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell, Souček, Rice ©, Paquetá, Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma
Subs: Fabiański (GK), Anang (GK), Johnson, Ogbonna, Emerson, Coufal, Downes, Lanzini, Cornet, Fornals, Mubama, Ings

AZ Alkmaar: Ryan, Sugawara, Beukema, Hatzidiakos, Kerkez, Reijnders, Mijnans, Clasie ©, Van Brederode, Pavlidis, Karlsson
Subs: Verhulst (GK), Deen (GK), D. de Wit, Mihailovic, Lahdo, Bazoer, Vanheusden, M. de Wit, Meerdink, Goes

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  • johnham1 says:

    The guy just wont change..Soucek will play the entire 90 mins irrespective how he plays..

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