Moyes must go strong for Europa clash


Moyes must go strong for Europa clash

The Europa League clash against SC Freiburg, should not be taken lightly. This game promises to be the toughest test for the Hammers in the group stage. I believe David Moyes will fully understand the importance of this game, so I’d expect minimal rotation.

Moyes has been steering the West Ham expertly through Europe. But his decisions regarding team selection for this match will be crucial. I doubt he will risk rotating the squad extensively, given the level of competition. The team that faced Sheffield United over the weekend will have had ample rest, providing an opportunity for them to be fully fit on Thursday.

A tactical rest for Kurt Zouma, might be likely to mitigate any injury risks. This could pave the way for Konstantinos Mavropanos to step in and bring his valuable experience in German football to the starting 11.

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Moyes must go strong in the Europa League clash

In the goalkeeping department, a change might be on the cards with Fabianski returning. Yet, aside from these alterations, I anticipate Moyes will field his preferred lineup. James Ward Prowse, Edson Alvarez, and Lucas Paqueta are likely to feature prominently.

The challenge posed by Freiburg cannot be understated. The Bundesliga side will undoubtedly seek to secure position at the top of the group. It’s crucial for West Ham to be switched on for this fixture.

Looking ahead, there will be matches within the Europa League group stage that permit more extensive squad rotation. However, this pivotal clash against Freiburg is not one of them. Moyes understands the significance of starting strong in the group stages.

This one will not be easy, but we’ve faced bigger and better teams during our three years in European competition.

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  • Buster says:

    Agreed, a strong side is necessary. SC Freiburg are a very good team and they’re at home. They’re 8th in the table having had a similar start as West Ham have. I’ll predict a 1-1 draw.

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