Olympiacos Match Preview

In their last game in the UEFA Europa League back on 26 October, West Ham United suffered only their second defeat in the group stage and a fifth European defeat in all. Two weeks on from that disappointment, the Hammers will be looking to beat Olympiacos tonight and move a step further to securing automatic qualification from Group A.

It’s another night under the floodlights in East London and after beating Arsenal in the Carabao Cup eight days ago, you can bet that the home fans will be up for this one.

David Moyes’ men come into the game off the back of letting a half-time advantage slip to lose 3-2 at Brentford five days ago.

If they can avenge the loss in Greece here, they will hope that it sets up another run of good form, starting with the visit of Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Moyes has both Lucas Paquetá and Edson Álvarez available again after the pair missed the defeat at The Gtech Community Stadium through suspension and the Scotsman may decide to include them here, although Saïd Benrahma will be fighting to retain his place.

Konstantinos Mavropanos made his full Premier League debut against the Bees and he is hoping that he will have done enough to impress and earn another start tonight.

Pablo Fornals and Danny Ings featured for the last twenty six minutes at the weekend and both will be keen to make the starting line-up. Ings could partner either Mohammed Kudus or Michail Antonio upfront if Moyes decides to change his formation.

Angelo Ogbonna was alongside Moyes in his pre-match news conference ahead of the game on Wednesday and he is an option to start in Stratford, although it has to be said that the Italian made a huge mistake for the Greek side’s second goal when they met two weeks ago. Łukasz Fabiański missed the defeat in Piraeus with illness but he is expected to play his second game in eight days here.

Aaron Cresswell, Thilo Kehrer and Divin Mubama will also hope to be involved.

Tonight’s match is an 8pm kick-off and live coverage will be screened by TNT Sports from 7:45pm. The referee is Matej Jug.