West Ham United have scored in every home game this season and, providing the visitors don’t extend their one-goal advantage, they will need to do so again tonight, as they welcome La Liga side Sevilla for the second-leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie.
Just one goal for the home side will take the tie into extra-time and then penalties if needed as they will attempt to give their fans a night to remember and will hope to win the tie inside the ninety minutes.
The home side had the best preparation possible ahead of this match with a 2-1 home win against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon and it is known that the Spaniards do not have the best record on their travels in Europe this season and are still looking for their first win. With that in mind, the East Londoners will be hoping that this form continues. Having said that though, the Spanish side have never lost to a side from England before so the Irons will be looking to achieve something big.
If the hosts do book a place in the quarter-finals of the competition, then it will be great preparation ahead of a “big” London derby at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium just three days later.
David Moyes stated in his pre-match news conference ahead of this game on Wednesday that Jarrod Bowen won’t be available to play until after the international break at the very earliest. He missed the first-leg of this tie, together with Sunday’s encounter against the Villains due to injury.
Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio suffered problems of their own and had to be substituted so will have to face late fitness tests if they are to be involved here.
Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring with a superb effort at the weekend and if either Antonio or Nikola Vlašić aren’t available, then the Ukrainian will be handed a start after his superb goal against Steven Gerard’s side.
On the other hand, if Cresswell doesn’t feature, then either Ryan Fredericks or Issa Diop are options to come into the defence, as both were introduced from the bench on Sunday.
Saïd Benrahma, who made an impact in Spain last week was brought into the starting line-up for the weekend’s match and may retain his place. Mark Noble and Alex Král may be involved, while Arthur Masuaku was introduced into the action late on in the first-leg and may get more time here.
Alphonse Areola is once again likely to replace Łukasz Fabiański in goal.
Tonight’s match is an 8pm kick-off and live coverage will be screened by BT Sport from 7:15pm. The referee is Clément Turpin.