David Moyes has named his starting lineup for West Ham United’s Europa League clash with Rapid Wien at the London Stadium.
West Ham take on the Austrian side in their second group game as they look to assert their control at the top of Group H following an opening night 2-0 win away at Dinamo Zagreb.
There has been much debate and interest to see how Moyes would juggle his squad for the Rapid Wien clash with a home game against Brentford to follow on Sunday afternoon.
West Ham starting lineup to face Rapid Wien confirmed
Much of the pre-match talk surrounded Michail Antonio and West Ham’s situation at right-back with both Ryan Fredericks and Vladimir Coufal struggling with injuries.
Well the wait is over after West Ham’s squad for the game was announced. See the full starting line-up below – and it’s strong:
AREOLA, JOHNSON, DIOP, DAWSON, CRESSWELL, RICE, NOBLE, YARMOLENKO, VLASIC, BENRAHMA, ANTONIO.
Bench: Fabianski, Randolph, Kral, Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen, Alese, Zouma, Ogbonna, Baptiste, Masuaku.
The match is significant for West Ham.
Excitement building for West Ham’s first bona fide European home game for 15 years
It is the club’s first bona fide European home game for 15 years. And it is also West Ham’s first ever European group stage match at home.
The European adventure is West Ham’s reward for a record breaking season last term.
The Hammers recorded their highest ever Premier League points haul as they finished sixth, missing out on a Champions League place by a solitary win.
Moyes has urged his players and fans to enjoy their Europa League experience as it is the reward for all their efforts last season.
Hammers announce exciting London Stadium plans before kick-off and at half-time
West Ham are going to try and make sure they do just that with several pre-match plans at the London Stadium this evening.
There is a pre-match DJ set on the Heineken Bar stage which got underway at 5.30pm and runs until 7.30pm with DJ and producer Darren Emerson.
“Darren is a globally known DJ, remixer and producer with his acclaimed performances as part of Underworld and a big West Ham fan,” West Ham announced.
After that a light show using the club’s new state-of-the-art LED floodlight system will take place before kick-off.
All of the lights
And there will also be a crowd display waiting for supporters in the Billy Bonds Stand.
Fans will also get to see the club’s brand new statue of West Ham legends Sir Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters which was unveiled yesterday.
The ‘West Ham United’s European Champions’ sculpture is located at Champions Place, outside the Bobby Moore Stand.
And a photographer will be on hand at the statue taking fan pictures with the best ones shared on social media after the game.
Then at half-time fans will hear from Sir Geoff Hurst and other members of the 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup team to celebrate the launch of the statue.
The club is also putting on a Photobooth experience for a print-out image as a free souvenir from the first European game at London Stadium of 2021/22.