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West Ham vs Genk: Europa League – LIVE!


West Ham United can make it three wins from as many Europa League games tonight with what looks like a fairly enviable tie at home to Genk side in somewhat of a crisis.

Currently leading the way in Group H upon their return to continental competition, Thursday evening’s opposition have lost their last two games and the optimism with which they started the campaign appears to be evaporating. Roundly beaten 3-0 at home to Dinamo Zagreb in September, they sit sixth in the Jupiler Pro League and have already conceded 20 times in all competitions.

David Moyes’ side, meanwhile, looked impressive at Everton on Sunday and duly head into the fixture with confidence. Three points here would go some way in ensuring progression through to the knock-out rounds ahead of a big week for the club.

Indeed, rivals Tottenham Hotspur visit on Sunday afternoon before Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, followed by a trip up to Aston Villa four days later.

Keep up with all the action with kick-off at 20.00 pm BST, follow all the action with Jack Rosser at the London Stadium!

Live updates

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Rapid Vienna fallout

Both West Ham and Rapid Vienna have been fined €60,000 (£50,000) by UEFA due to crowd trouble in their meeting at the London Stadium in September, which must be paid within 90 days.

Vienna will be banned from selling tickets to travelling fans for their next away game in the Europa League, when they face Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia on November 4, as a result, though West Ham have only been hit with the fine.

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Vlasic ready to step up

Summer signing Nikola Vlasic, touted by many to be Jesse Lingard’s replacement this season, is ready to use the Europa League as a springboard to success.

“I see tonight as an opportunity,” he said.

“When I came here I knew the players they had and I know that the manager has his first XI for the Premier League, when they came sixth [last season] with some big results. I knew it would be tough competition and I’m not in a hurry. Of course, I would like to impress the manager and I think that I can get a little better.”

Handed a start tonight, it could be a big evening in his burgeoning West Ham career.

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How Genk lineup at the London Stadium

XI: Vandevoordt; Arteaga, Cuesta, Lucumí, Preciado; Heynen, Hrosovsky, Thorstvedt; Ito, Bongonda; Onuachu

Subs: Chambaere, Leysen, McKenzie, Sadick, Tresor, Toma, Geusens, Eiting, Ugbo, Oyen, Paintsil, Nemeth

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Confirmed West Ham XI!

XI: Areola, Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Lanzini, Antonio.

Subs: Fabianski, Randolph, Ashby, Zouma, Masuaku, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Noble, Chesters, Benrahma, Fornals.

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Evening Standard score prediction

Moyes will want to get qualification wrapped up as soon as possible and West Ham should have too much for Genk.

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Predicted XI

Here’s how we expect the home side to line-up this evening.

(4-2-3-1): Areola; Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Vlasic, Laznini, Fornals; Antonio

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TV channel

TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised on BT Sport 2.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or through the BT Sport app.

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Welcome

David Moyes’ West Ham side could feasibly go six points clear in the Europa League Group H standings tonight should they beat an out-of-sorts Genk side and Rapid Vienna do them a favour against Dinamo Zagreb.

Keep up with Standard Sport’s coverage of Thursday night’s 20.00pm BST kick-off at the London Stadium tonight with our own Jack Rosser in attendance.


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