West Ham will be hoping to wrap things up in style when they face AEK Larnaca at the London Stadium in the second leg of their last-16 Europa Conference League tie on Thursday evening.
The Hammers took a giant step toward the quarter-finals when they claimed a 2-0 win in Cyprus last week.
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The scoreline could have had a greater sheen to it, but Lucas Paqueta was denied by Kenan Piric in the closing stages when put through one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
David Moyes has come under intense pressure over the past few weeks, and salvaging their Premier League status will be at the forefront of all those connected with the Hammers.
Gianluca Scamacca could be given a rare start with Michail Antonio a doubt for the second leg after picking up a knock last week, while Lukasz Fabianski and Vladimir Coufal will be unavailable.
For AEK, this is uncharted territory, as they have reached the knockout stages of a European competition for the first time in their history.
But will there be a spirited fightback from AEK? We have dissected the markets and handpicked a couple of tips for you to mull over ahead of kick-off.
West Ham to cruise into the last eight
Europe has been a good distraction for West Ham, whose domestic woes have been well documented.
While there were some encouraging signs in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa last weekend, Moyes’ men still have plenty of work to do to stay afloat next term.
But the Europa Conference League has been nothing short of plain sailing so far, and they have a perfect 100% record (nine in nine of you count qualifying) in Europe this term.
They were rarely threatened by AEK last week, and Antonio’s double leaves them in good shape for the second leg.
Having reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, a chance of picking up silverware is an eminent possibility as they are one of the strongest sides left in the competition.
West Ham shouldn’t have too many problems, and I am plumping on the east London outfit to clinch a handsome 3-1 win, which is available at a boosted price of 12/1 with bet365.
Jarrod Bowen to make his mark
Despite failing to score in any of his past eight appearances in all competitions, Jarrod Bowen always poses a threat whenever he plays.
If Antonio were to sit out, then the Hammers haven’t got too many goalscoring options on the pitch.
With three goals to his name in the Europa Conference League this term, Bowen has been pretty productive, and he will be eager to add to his tally.
Bowen could well round off proceedings, and grab the last goal of the game, and he’s at an eye-catching 23/5 to do with Bet365.
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