Three key Sevilla stars will be walking a disciplinary tightrope in the Europa League last 16 clash with West Ham.

There is now less than 48 hours until West Ham kick-off one of their biggest matches in decades.

Excitement is building as the Hammers prepare to fly to Seville for the first leg of the huge tie.

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West Ham have thoroughly embraced and enjoyed their European adventure this season.

After topping Group H, the east Londoners qualified directly for the last 16 knockout stage.

West Ham are now just three ties from a dream final in Seville.

But they will get an early taste of playing at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán after being handed arguably the toughest of the last 16 draws.

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Heading into the game the form of both sides has stuttered of late.

West Ham played very well in the excruciating 1-0 defeat to Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool last time out.

Meanwhile Sevilla saw their own title hopes dashed when they were held to a 0-0 draw by relegation-threatened Alaves.

All eyes now turn to the Europa League last 16 clash.

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Both West Ham and Sevilla have injury issues ahead of the first leg on Thursday evening.

Unfortunately for West Ham and David Moyes his two best players Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen are both doubts.

Bowen was forced off with a heel injury in the defeat to Liverpool while Rice missed that game through illness.

It is hoped Rice will be fine to play once Thursday comes around but a Hammers insider claims he is still feeling unwell.

The good news in the first leg is that West Ham do not have any players on a booking and therefore at risk of missing the second leg.

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Three key Sevilla stars walking disciplinary tightrope in Europa League last 16 clash with West Ham

Sevilla do, though.

In fact there are three key Sevilla players walking a disciplinary tightrope in the Europa League last 16 clash with West Ham.

Influential Sevilla midfielder Thomas Delaney is already suspended for the first leg.

And the trio Marcos Acuna (left-back), Lucas Ocampos (winger) and Diego Carlos (defender) – who was linked with moves to West Ham and Newcastle in January – all go into the Hammers clash on a booking (UEFA).

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That means – if fit and selected – should any of them be booked against Moyes’s men they will miss the second leg at the London Stadium.

West Ham must be wise to this and cute to make it work to their advantage.

Especially Michail Antonio who should really take the game to Carlos in particular as he will be reluctant to risk a booking. And if he does then it’s a bonus that he won’t feature in the second leg.

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