Boss David Moyes will make nine West Ham changes for AZ Alkmaar after big decisions on Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer.

The day has arrived as West Ham play Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in their Europa Conference League second leg in Holland.

The Hammers are vying for a place in the final in Prague against either Basel or Fiorentina.

The tie is delicately poised at 2-1 to West Ham after David Moyes’ side came from behind to gain a narrow lead at the London Stadium last Thursday night.

West Ham were given a huge boost in the build-up to the crunch game with the return from injury of striker Michail Antonio and right-back Vladimir Coufal.

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West Ham starting XI virtually picks itself apart from two positions

A West Ham second string ambled to a limp defeat at Brentford at the weekend.

So the Hammers first XI more or less picks itself on that evidence.

But with Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna, Nayef Aguerd, Thilo Kehrer and Coufal all available that has given Moyes something of a selection dilemma.

We predict Moyes makes nine West Ham changes for AZ Alkmaar after big decisions on Aguerd and Kehrer.

Predicted: Boss David Moyes makes nine West Ham changes for AZ Alkmaar after big decisions on Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer

Word is Alphonse Areola will return between the posts in place of Lukasz Fabianski despite his error in last week’s first leg.

That will be change number one from the side which started against Brentford.

The biggest decisions were over whether Ogbonna or Aguerd should start alongside Zouma.

And whether Coufal or Kehrer would get the nod at right-back.

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All change bar two

We think Coufal will come back in and Aguerd will start ahead of Oggy with Cresswell at left-back in change number four.

Flynn Downes and Manuel Lanzini will make way for Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta in two absolute no-brainers for changes five and six.

And the remaining three changes will see Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Antonio come back in for Maxwel Cornet, Pablo Fornals and Danny Ings.

The official team will be announced at around 6.30pm.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face AZ Alkmaar in the semi-final second leg:

Areola, Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Paqueta, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio.


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