Six of West Ham’s potential Europa League quarter-final opponents have become much clearer after this week’s first leg matches.
West Ham already know that German side RB Leipzig are one of the seven potential opponents should they make the last eight having been handed a by following the expulsion of Russian club Spartak Moscow.
The Hammers will have to overturn last night’s 1-0 first leg deficit when they welcome Sevilla to the London Stadium next Thursday.
But six of West Ham’s potential Europa League quarter-final opponents have become much clearer this week should they manage it.
As well as Leipzig, Italian side Atalanta – who West Ham beat 2-0 in pre-season – have the edge after a 3-2 home win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Portuguese side Braga will feel they have one foot in the quarter-finals after a 2-0 win over Monaco.
Six of West Ham’s potential Europa League quarter-final opponents become much clearer
The side Moyes and several West Ham players wanted to face in the last 16, Rangers, will be confident of making the quarters after a 3-0 home win over Red Star Belgrade.
And both Lyon and Eintracht Frankfurt – whose “ultras” attacked West Ham fans in Seville – have a one-goal advantage from their away wins over Porto and Real Betis respectively.
Of course much can change in the second legs. But it gives you an idea of the teams we may face – and you would feel confident against many of them if we can get past Sevilla.
The Barcelona and Galatasaray tie is in the balance after a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou.
It is all on West Ham now, though.
The season is in serious danger of fizzling out unless Moyes’s boys can turn around that first leg defeat.
West Ham wasted some golden chances once again to lose. It has been the same story in the last three games.
Let’s hope the Hammers have been saving them up for what promises to be the club’s biggest match since the 2006 FA Cup final when Sevilla come to east London.