The West Ham United team David Moyes knows he must start against Anderlecht features 8 changes from Wolves.

The Hammers head to Belgium to face Anderlecht in their third group game of this season’s European campaign on Thursday evening.

It has been a perfect start so far for West Ham with wins over FCSB and Silkeborg.

Now David 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.

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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.

And the West Ham team Moyes knows he must start against Anderlecht features 8 changes from the XI which kicked off the win over Wolves.

Alphonse Areola, Emerson, Angelo Ogbonna, Vladimir Coufal, Flynn Downes, Said Benrahma, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio should all come into the side for numerous reasons.

Areola is West Ham’s cup and European goalkeeper andEmerson needs more game time to adapt to his new teammates as he continues to play second fiddle to Aaron Cresswell.

Ogbonna needs games and his leadership will be key as Kurt Zouma is protected for the Premier League.

Thilo Kehrer will continue but move back to centre-back to rest Craig Dawson.

Downes was man of the match in the win over FCSB but has not been used since. But after putting in a marathon shift against Wolves, Tomas Soucek should be rested with Downes replacing him.

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West Ham record signing Lucas Paqueta probably needs another start to try and get up to speed. But expect to see Lanzini come in for the Brazilian for this one to help West Ham’s passing through the lines.

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.

The West Ham team David Moyes knows he must start against Anderlecht features 8 changes:

Areola, Coufal, Kehrer, Ogbonna, Emerson, Rice, Downes, Lanzini, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio.


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