West Ham are in Belgium to face Anderlecht in their third group game of this season’s European campaign.
It has been a perfect start in Europe this season thus far for West Ham with wins over FCSB and Silkeborg.
Moyes and his side face a double-header against Anderlecht in the next seven days that can have a huge impact on the shape of West Ham’s season.
Anderlecht threaten to be West Ham’s toughest opponents in the competition so far this season, on paper at least.
But West Ham will be confident having secured a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Wolves at the weekend while the Belgians lost their last game 1-0 to Charleroi.
There is an absolutely huge carrot for the Hammers and Moyes ahead of the Anderlecht double header in the space of seven days.
Because West Ham can seal their place in the Europa Conference League last 16 and essentially earn a five-month break for their first choice players with two wins in seven days over the Belgians.
First up is the trip to Anderlecht and before welcoming Fulham to the London Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
Predicted: David Moyes makes 8 West Ham changes but ponders big Lucas Paqueta call for Anderlecht
We predict Moyes makes 8 West Ham changes but ponders a big Paqueta call for Anderlecht.
Moyes singled out Paqueta after the win over Wolves admitting he needs to try and get the Brazilian up to speed at West Ham.
Hammers fans are understandably hugely excited to see the midfield ace start to make a real impact for them.
There were signs against Wolves that the penny is slowly dropping for Paqueta but he was substituted again and Moyes conceded he still needs time and games to adjust.
West Ham’s record signing probably needs another start to try and get up to speed.
So Moyes faces a real toss up between starting Paqueta again in an effort to do just that or going with Manuel Lanzini instead.
It is expected Moyes will face a straight choice between the Brazilian and the Argentinian against Anderlecht as the player to help West Ham’s passing through the lines.
We think Moyes will go with Lanzini and keep Paqueta fresh for the game against Fulham on Sunday.
And we believe that could mean eight changes from the side which started against Wolves last time out.
Alphonse Areola, Emerson, Angelo Ogbonna, Vladimir Coufal, Flynn Downes, Said Benrahma, Lanzini and Michail Antonio could all come into the side for the clash.
Antonio will almost certainly replace Gianluca Scamacca up top while Benrahma should come in for the injured Maxwel Cornet.
Jarrod Bowen is just starting to find some form and his top level of fitness so after travelling to Belgium he may well start again given it is a game West Ham need to try and win against a decent side.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Anderlecht:
Areola, Coufal, Kehrer, Ogbonna, Emerson, Rice, Downes, Lanzini, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio.