West Ham United are coming off a huge win against Manchester United at the weekend. Can they carry that momentum into their Europa Conference League semi-final clash against AZ Alkmaar at the London Stadium?
West Ham are set to be without Vladimir Coufal, Kurt Zouma and Gianluca Scamacca for their European clash with AZ. Additionally, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Nayef Aguerd have recently been suffering with an illness – but after they all started against Manchester United on Sunday, they should be fit to play on Thursday.
In the last round of the competition, West Ham thrashed KAA Gent by a score of 5-2 over two legs. After a tense first leg that saw the Irons flounder to a 1-1 draw, they fired on all cylinders in the second leg, winning by a score of 4-1.
Meanwhile, AZ came from behind to defeat Anderlecht in their Conference League quarter-final. Despite losing the first leg by a score of 2-0 in Belgium, they clawed it back to 2-2 in the home leg – they then kept their cool and won the subsequent penalty shoot-out.
The game between West Ham and AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, May 11 will mark the first time the two teams have met in competitive action. As such, there is no history between them to speak of – who will draw first blood in this first-time-ever encounter?