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Rapid Vienna v West Ham LIVE Commentary: Hammers in Austria as they look to Europa League top group – team news, kick-off time and breaking news


West Ham faces Rapid Vienna in the Europa League tonight.

The Hammers have already reserved their place for the round of 16 of the competition after an impressive start to the Europa League campaign.

David Moyes’ West Ham faces Rapid Vienna in Europa League tonight
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But victory in Austria tonight would secure them the top of their group and avoid a play-off with a third-place Champions League side.

This game will be played without fans after Austria recently reverted to a full national lockdown as restrictions were reintroduced to curb the rise in Covid-19 infections across much of Europe.

It will be a tricky test for David Moyes’ form team, but they will want to put in a professional performance.

Rapid Vienna v West Ham: live commentary

The shock of the Europa League is due to take place on Thursday, November 25.

It will be played at the Allianz Stadion with a kick-off in the UK at 5.45pm.

The Group H meeting is scheduled to be broadcast live on talkSPORT 2.

Commentary will begin at 5 p.m. with coverage coming from Alex Crook and former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland.

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Rapid Vienna v West Ham LIVE Commentary: Hammers in Austria as they look to Europa League top group – team news, kick-off time and breaking news
Michail Antonio was left in London for tonight’s tie
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Rapid Vienna v West Ham: team news

West Ham left Michail Antonio and Lukasz Fabianksi at home.

Neither have injury concerns with Moyes saying, “We will be strong.”

“But we know we have big games ahead and a very busy schedule.”

Andriy Yarmolenko and Jarrod Bowen are expected to start ahead of Alphonse Areola having another chance to impress in goal.

Angelo Ogbonna remains the only injury absent from West Ham.

Rapid Vienna v West Ham LIVE Commentary: Hammers in Austria as they look to Europa League top group – team news, kick-off time and breaking news
There is a brilliant team spirit in West Ham right now
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Rapid Vienna v West Ham: what was said?

Moyes admitted it would be a challenge to play behind closed doors again ahead of their visit to Rapid Vienna.

“I think it’s (a challenge),” Moyes said.

“I think it was something that we were hoping not to see again, I think we were all hoping the fans would be back and we weren’t going to come back to the situation.

“I hope we can cope with it. I think when it first happened everyone felt uncomfortable with the voices, the screams, the screams around the stadium.

“All of those things that we’ve gotten away from in the last six months or more, I hope we’re not back, but right now, in the short term, we are.”

Moyes added: “Everyone will see during the competition that we have tried to make sure that we mix the first team and that we mix as much as possible all the players that make it up. We have a good team.

“The players have all performed really well throughout the competition so we want to use them all. We want to give people opportunities, but we can’t always make everyone play.

“We have to try to stay strong in games, we know the opposition is tough, so we have to continue with as many strong teams as possible.

“You talk about Manchester City, but the next Wednesday we have Brighton and then we’ll be at Chelsea, so it’s probably just a schedule that makes these games new for us and a little more difficult.”

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