West Ham United play Austrian side Rapid Wien in their first bona fide European home game for 15 years tomorrow night.

Excitement is building for the tie as West Ham look to stamp their authority on Europa League Group H after a superb 2-0 win away at Dinamo Zagreb in the opening week.

West Ham have another home game on Sunday with Brentford the visitors to the London Stadium.

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Positive selection dilemma for David Moyes as West Ham play first Europa home game

So, as has been the case already during a hectic season so far, David Moyes looks set to ring the changes to his side.

That has not done the Hammers any harm thus far with wins in Croatia and away to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup proof that Moyes’s squad is up to the challenge.

As reported by Hammers News this week, Moyes faces a dilemma over striker and man of the moment Michail Antonio.

The forward would have been rested for the first Europa game had he not been sent off in the Premier League the game before.

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Antonio unlikely to be risked but Zagreb and Man United games show West Ham can make changes and win

Ruled out of the Prem defeat to Man United the following weekend meant Moyes played Antonio in the Europa League instead.

West Ham fans want to see Moyes go for it in Europe. Particularly as the Hammers have been made third favourites to win the competition.

This week things are a touch different with Antonio needed for the priority game against Brentford.

So will it be a case of Moyes putting out the same side he fielded against Zagreb in the first game or one more akin to the Carabao Cup side of last week?

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Moyes may field similar team to Zagreb plus Yarmolenko and minus Fredericks

The Scot may elect to go with the same West Ham side that won in Croatia minus injured right-back Ryan Fredericks and with Andriy Yarmolenko coming in for rested Antonio.


That team would look like this:

Fabianski, Coufal, Diop, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Vlasic, Fornals, Lanzini, Yarmolenko.

Or Moyes may elect for a variation on the team which beat Man United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup with a line-up like this:

Areola, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Kral, Noble, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Masuaku, Bowen.

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Or could we see a hybrid of triumphant Old Trafford boys

But it looks most likely to by a hybrid of both with the dilemma being how strong to go, particularly when it comes to Antonio.

That could mean a rest for the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Angelo Ogbonna, Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek and Antonio. But the likes of Jarrod Bowen could well start.

Whoever plays, West Ham’s players have already showed that every one of them is up for it and motivated when they do get their chance.

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