West Ham United will go in strong as they continue their Europa League campaign.
West Ham scraped through to the third qualifying round after overcoming Maltese side Birkirkara 5-4 on penalties after the tie ended 1-1 on aggregate.
The second leg saw two players sent off – one for either side – and West Ham failed to add to the one goal-advantage they had from the first match, with Slaven Bilic’s side managing just a single shot on target in 120 minutes.
Ultimately they went through and their next match will be against Romanian side AC Astra, and Gold has since calmed the fears of those fans wondering if a weakened side will take to the field as they close in on a place in the group stages.
Writing on Twitter on Saturday, Gold said, “We will put out a (sic) strongest team possible against AC Astra on Thursday evening.”
If that is the case, expect to see some of the players who have so far not featured in European competition, instead taking part in the domestic friendly matches that have been played around West Ham’s early competitive games.
With just two teams left to overcome in order to reach the group stage, West Ham will not want to fall short at the penultimate or final hurdle.