David Moyes makes seven West Ham changes for Silkeborg with £20m man rested and a big debut in our predicted team.

West Ham welcome the Danish side to the London Stadium in game five of six in the Europa Conference League group stages.

The Hammers need just a point to top the group and seal their place in the last 16 in March.

And West Ham will be confident having gone to Silkeborg and beat them 3-2 on their plastic pitch earlier in the competition.

Speaking ahead of the game Moyes claimed the match will come too soon for Craig Dawson, Lucas Paqueta and Maxwel Cornet.

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Paqueta has been seen in training – as has Dawson – but it is assumed neither will be risked in Europe on Thursday night.

Moyes and West Ham have confirmed £30m summer signing Nayef Aguerd will make his long-awaited competitive debut as he makes his comeback from a serious ankle injury.

Interestingly Jarrod Bowen, who tends to play in almost every game when available, has been absent from training.

So it is assumed he too will not face Silkeborg.

As reported by Hammers News earlier, 20-year-old central midfielder Pierre Ekwah Elimby has been seen training with the first team ahead of the clash. But he is expected to be on the bench.

Moyes faces a dilemma over Said Benrahma. The Scot finally gave him a start against Bournemouth and he repaid the West Ham boss with a man of the match performance and a goal.

Theoretically Benrahma should be rested with a view to him starting against Man United in the Premier League on Sunday. But Moyes can sometimes be difficult to read, particularly when it comes to the Algerian.

We predict Moyes makes seven West Ham changes for Silkeborg with £20m man Bowen rested and a big debut for Aguerd.

Moyes looks likely to switch to a back five again with Alphonse Areola the first change in goal, replacing Lukasz Fabianski.

Change number two will see Vladimir Coufal come in for Kurt Zouma on the teamsheet and play right wingback with Ben Johnson switching to right centre-back of a three.

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The third change will see Aguerd replace Aaron Cresswell on the teamsheet and play left of a three with Thilo Kehrer in the middle.

Change four will see Emerson come in for Declan Rice on the teamsheet and play left wingback.

Flynn Downes will stay in central midfield and may play alongside Tomas Soucek due to Paqueta and Bowen being unavailable.

Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio will come in for changes five, six and seven in place of Bowen, Benrahma and Gianluca Scamacca.

The confirmed line-up will be announced at around 6.30pm ahead of tonight’s 8pm kick-off.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Silkeborg:

Areola, Coufal, Johnson, Kehrer, Aguerd, Emerson, Soucek, Downes, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio.

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