David Moyes stands on the brink of history as West Ham complete their Europa Conference League semi-final away at AZ Alkmaar. The Hammers have not won a European trophy since the 1960s but will book a spot in next month’s final if they avoid defeat in the Netherlands tonight.
A comeback win at the London Stadium last week has the Premier League side in the driving seat. Beaten at this stage in the Europa League last year, this Irons team could yet write themselves into the club’s history book despite some patchy domestic form.
Alkmaar, however, are hardly pushovers. They impressed in east London last week and certainly gave West Ham a run for their money, with Moyes lamenting some of the sloppy mistakes his team made. Backed by home support, the Dutch side aren’t out of this yet. Follow the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog, Malik Ouzia will be providing expert analysis from the ground!
When is the Europa Conference League final?
The final will be held in Prague on Wednesday June 7th.
Andy Carroll joins in the pre-match festivities
The former West Ham striker appears to be enjoying himself in Alkmaar this evening!
David Moyes admits West Ham made ‘stupid decisions’ despite narrow win over AZ Alkmaar
David Moyes was relieved West Ham came through a “tough night” to earn a narrow 2-1 win over AZ Alkmaar at the London Stadium.
The Hammers would have been hoping for as comfortable a 90 minutes as possible with home advantage in the first leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final tie, but instead fell behind in the first-half as Tijjani Reijnders’s strike from distance found a way past Alphonse Areola.
Malik Ouzia at AFAS Stadion
It’s almost like being at an NBA game here because Alkmaar allow their fans to come “courtside” during the warm-ups. Large crowds are gathered just behind the advertising hoardings around three sides of the pitch as we await the players.6:57Funnily enough, that courtesy is not extended to the travelling support.
Malik Ouzia at AFAS Stadion
Pretty much as expected in terms of the West Ham team. The club were always confident that Michail Antonio would recover from that calf problem in time to start and he has. The only slight questions were over whether Vladimir Coufal might come straight back in at right-back, or whether Angelo Ogbonna might replace Nayef Aguerd, who has a poor afternoon at Brentford on Sunday. In the end, though, David Moyes sticks with the XI from the first-leg.
Confirmed AZ Alkmaar lineup
Ryan; Sugawara, Beukema, Hatzdiakos, Kerez; Clasie, Reijnders, Mijans; Van Breredoe, Pavlidis, Karlsson
Subs: Verhulst, Deen, De Wit, Mihailovic, Lahdo, Bazoer, VanHeusden, Buurmeester, De Wit, Meerdink, Goes
Confirmed West Ham lineup
Areola; Kehrer, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek, Paqueta, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio
Subs: Fabianksi, Anang, Johnson, Coufal, Fornals, Lanzini, Downes, Cornet, Ings, Ogbonna, Emerson, Muamba
Declan Rice to Arsenal: West Ham put transfer talks on hold in blow to Mikel Arteta plans
West Ham will delay talks over Declan Rice’s future until after a possible European final, as Arsenal prepare to ramp up their pursuit of the midfielder.
Rice is widely expected to leave the Hamers this summer, with the Gunners favourites to sign the England international having identified him as their No1 target.
David Moyes sets out West Ham’s summer transfer plans after £170m outlay
David Moyes admits West Ham are unlikely to spend as heavily as last summer in the transfer market.
The Hammers invested around £170m on a raft of big name additions at the end of last season including Italy and Brazil internationals in form of Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta.