After recording five wins from as many European outings, West Ham will look to end the group stage with a perfect record.
Time To Relax
Although West Ham has stuttered in this season’s Premier League, the same cannot be said for their European adventure, and with a perfect tally of 15 points in the bank before Thursday, David Moyes’ men have the luxury of a dead rubber to contest in Bucharest.
One that comes courtesy of their group win already being confirmed and opponents FCSB being rooted to the bottom. Although there is nothing to play for in terms of qualification, the Hammers would still be keen on making it six European wins from six.
A result that would not mean too much in the grand scheme of things, but at the same time, you cannot put a price on a winning feeling – a feeling that the London Stadium outfit has rarely felt back home.
Although they are once again caught in the same Thursday/Sunday fixture cycle of last season, the added pre-World Cup congestion of this season’s group stage has certainly caught them napping at times.
With just one league win in their last three, the likes of Declan Rice and Michail Antonio find themselves in the bottom half of the Premier League table and if European football is to be secured for next season, they may have to win the Europa Conference League outright.
Something that is certainly within the realm of possibility and at 11/2 second favourites at the time of writing, the bookmakers are confident that a place in next May’s final is one that will eventually be secured.
While Thursday will once again offer the chance for West Ham to display their European credentials and after getting the better of FCSB in Matchday 1, they will look to bookend their campaign with another win in Matchday 6.
The previous meeting between the two was one that saw FCSB take a first half lead and at that stage, Andrei Cordea’s goal had the potential of throwing the formbook right out of the window. However, that goal only served to wake the hosts up.
With three unanswered goals being recorded in the second half, normal order was restored in the English capital and the subsequent result would subsequently set the tempo within the confines of Group B.
While the tempo of this game could be dialed down just a notch and you would not blame manager Moyes for resting key names. Therefore, I have opted for one of the supporting cast to find the net in Romania.
A cast member that comes in the shape of Manuel Lanzini and with the Argentine having already scored twice in Europe this season, backing him to find a third at anytime odds of 10/3 certainly appeals to me.
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