Predicted West Ham line-up to play Astra: Payet, Samuelsen and Ogbonna to start

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West Ham United will not want to make things difficult for themselves in their upcoming Europa League clash.

West Ham United continue their Europa League qualifying campaign with a match against Romanian side AC Astra on Thursday.

The Hammers have already played four matches in this year’s competition, beating Lusitanos 4-0 on aggregate before avoiding a shock defeat by overcoming Birkirkara on penalties.

After that narrow escape joint-chairman David Gold confirmed on Twitter that West Ham would be playing their strongest available side for the next game, so expect some stars to be on show on Thursday.

With defenders James Tomkins and Winston Reid unavailable due to suspension and injury respectively, summer signing Angelo Ogbonna should start. Pedro Obiang is also unavailable as he steps up his return from a minor injury but Dimitri Payet should start having featured for only 30 minutes against Norwich City on Tuesday.

Enner Valencia may also kick off proceedings having been used as a substitute against the Canaries, so taking all that into consideration here is the side we predict West Ham will start their upcoming game with:

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