Europa League

West Ham predicted lineup vs Sevilla - Europa League

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
West Ham need a win to progress
West Ham need a win to progress / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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West Ham host Sevilla on Thursday night in the second leg of the pair's Europa League last-16 tie.

The La Liga side triumphed 1-0 in the first leg and are favourites to progress due to their incredible record in the competition in recent years. West Ham have also been dealt a double-injury blow in the lead-up to the game with Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen both big doubts.

Here is the starting XI that David Moyes seems most likely to deploy for this massive game...


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Ben Johnson
Johnson will start / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Alphonse Areola (GK) - The Hammers' cup keeper is one of the most reliable number twos in the world.

Ben Johnson (RB) - With Vladimir Coufal still absent, youngster Johnson will keep hold of his place at right-back.

Craig Dawson (CB) - Dawson has had a terrific few weeks, netting in back-to-back games during February and putting in a string of solid performances.

Kurt Zouma (CB) - Surprisingly, Zouma has only played twice in the Europa League this season.

Aaron Cresswell (LB) - Should shake off a foot knock to feature here. His set-piece delivery could be decisive.

2. Midfielders

Declan Rice, Andriy Yarmolenko
Rice is desperate to progress in Europe / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Tomas Soucek (CM) - Soucek is yet to score in the Europa League this season. Could that change on Thursday?

Declan Rice (CM) - Rice will be eager to go far in this competition with his West Ham future in doubt.

Manuel Lanzini (AM) - Lanzini does great work for the team on and off the ball.

3. Forwards

Said Benrahma
Benrahma should start in place of the injured Bowen / Fran Santiago/GettyImages

Said Benrahma (RW) - Benrahma will likely be drafted in for the injured Bowen. He is the Hammers' top scorer in the Europa League this season with three goals.

Nikola Vlasic (ST) - Vlasic could be handed the unenviable task of filling in for Antonio.

Pablo Fornals (LW) - Fornals is West Ham's most press-resistant forward, possessing wondrous close control.


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