Confirmed: West Ham line-up v Birkirkara - Maiga starts, Samuelsen on bench

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Here is how West Ham will line up for this evening's Europa League clash against Birkirkara.

West Ham's Europa League campaign resumes tonight as they host Maltese side Birkirkara at Upton Park, in the first leg of their two-legged tie.

The Hammers saw of Andorra's Lusitans 4-0 on aggregate in the last round, and new manager Slaven Bilic will be looking for a repeat of that against Birkirkara.

Bilic has picked an intriguing side tonight, with usual names such as Adrian, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble all starting.

However, there are also a number of fringe players in the side, with Kevin Nolan, Matt Jarvis, Mauro Zarate and even Modibo Maiga - back from a loan spell in France with Metz - in the team.

New signing Stephen Hendrie is on the bench, as is teenage forward Martin Samuelsen, who impressed in Saturday's 3-3 draw against Peterborough in a pre-season friendly.

Tonight though, it's competitive action for the Hammers - and Bilic will be confident that his side can come away from the first leg with a victory, even if Birkirkara have former Italian international Fabrizio Miccoli in attack tonight.

West Ham starting XI: Adrian; O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell; Noble, Nolan (c), Jarvis, Amalfitano, Zarate; Maiga.

West Ham substitutes: Randolph, Collins, Poyet, Hendrie, Samuelsen, Lee, Pike

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