West Ham can seal their spot in the Europa Conference League knockout round as they face Anderlecht at the London Stadium on Thursday evening.
David Moyes’ side have won all three of their opening games in the competition and will be assured of top spot in Group B if they can get the win against Felice Mazzù’s side.
After a tricky start to the new season, the Hammers have won five of their last six games in all competitions and Moyes will be looking to continue that run against Anderlecht on Thursday, whilst also giving opportunities to some of the younger players in his squad.
With that in mind, there could be a host of changes to the Irons side with a hectic fixture schedule throughout October.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Moyes to line his side up against the Belgian opposition this evening.
Moyes will likely stick with Alphonse Areola as his cup goalkeeper, as we saw for the majority of last season and in every European game so far this campaign.
There are three changes in defence, as Emerson Palmieri replaces Aaron Cresswell on the left and Vladimir Coufal comes in for Thilo Kehrer on the right, while Angelo Ogbonna continues his comeback from an injury alongside Craig Dawson at centre-back.
Declan Rice is handed a rest in midfield, with Flynn Downes coming in to replace him, while Tomas Soucek is also dropped for youngster Conor Coventry after a tough start to the season, in what could be just a second start of his West Ham career for the academy graduate.
The 27-year-old Czech, who was once dubbed a “machine” by journalist Sam Inkersole due to his energy in midfield, has endured a difficult start to the new campaign, with just one goal and no assists to his name in the Premier League.
Jarrod Bowen and Lucas Paqueta are both handed a rest, with Manuel Lanzini and Said Benrahma replacing them, while Pablo Fornals keeps his place after the win over Fulham.
Finally, Gianluca Scamacca will look to continue his fine form in Europe this season with another start up front, as Michail Antonio is likely to miss the game through illness.