West Ham United are back in Europa League action this evening…
West Ham United starting line-up: Randolph; Byram, Oxford, Ogbonna, Burke; Obiang, Noble; Antonio, Valencia, Tore; Calleri.
West Ham United substitutes: Adrian, Collins, Reid, Kouyate, Browne, Fletcher, Carroll.
West Ham United are back in Europa League action tonight as they take on Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the first leg of their group-stage qualifier.
The Hammers have already seen off Domzale, and now sit just 180 minutes away from the group stage of the Europa League, which would be a huge achievement for manager Slaven Bilic.
They face a tough task though, as they will take on Astra Giurgiu over two legs – and the Romanians actually knocked West Ham out of last season’s competition in the qualifying round.
West Ham will be hoping to avoid a repeat result, and manager Bilic has rung the changes from Monday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat away at Chelsea.
Darren Randolph comes in for Adrian in goal, whilst it’s a whole new back four as Sam Byram, Reece Oxford, Angelo Ogbonna and Reece Burke all start in defence.
Mark Noble continues in midfield but will tonight partner Pedro Obiang, whilst Michail Antonio is finally handed a role on the wing having struggled at right back against Chelsea.
The big news is that new signing Jonathan Calleri starts up front, and he’ll be supported by Gokhan Tore, who came on as a substitute against Chelsea.
The bench features many of the starters from Monday’s game, including Adrian, James Collins, Winston Reid, Cheikhou Kouyate and Andy Carroll, as well as summer signing Ashley Fletcher.