West Ham have had an impressive start to the Europa Conference League Group B campaign and sit top of the league, after two wins. However, this should be their toughest game so far, against Belgian side Anderlecht. We’ve previewed the game and given you two of our suggested bets to run your eye over.
Anderlecht vs West Ham Tips
The Europa Conference has been a nice distraction from a poor start to the Hammers domestic season so far. A 2-0 win over Wolves on Saturday saw David Moyes’ men rise up the top flight to 15th spot and the Scot will feel his squad are slowly clicking into gear.
Two high scoring wins over FCSB and Silkeborg, have elevated the Irons upto top of their group but Anderlecht are no mugs and are unbeaten so far in the competition.
The Purple and White have had a poor start to their Belgian Pro League campaign, winning just four of 10 games, are sat way down in 10th and are 14 points behind leaders Antwerp. Felice Mazzù was poached from Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in the summer after an amazing record with the new Champions League boys but he has to start turning things around and quickly at Lotto Park.
Mazzù’s side lost to Charleroi at the weekend so he may be tempted to recall Sebastiano Espositio and Amadou Diawara here.
Moyes will likely rotate his squad with goalkeeper Alphonse Areola coming back into the starting XI and Maxwel Cornet likely missing out through injury. The likes of Angelo Ogbonna could come into the centre back roles and attackers Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini may earn a start here.
West Ham to win and Both teams to score – 5/2
It’s no secret that the Hammers are having issues defensively. They’ve conceded nine goals in the Premier League and have also conceded three times in two games in the UECL against poor looking sides. Anderlecht are obviously not firing in the league but I still see them scoring here. West Ham have scored three goals in each Conference League game, so I still think they have enough fire power with the likes of Antonio, Bowen and Scamacca, to win this one fairly comfortably.
Jarrod Bowen and Gianluca Scamacca to score – 9/2
Be sure to check team line ups before placing this one but I’m taking Scamacca and Bowen to score here in the 90 minutes.
Bowen hasn’t been as fluent as he was last year, when he scored 18 times in all competitions, but he still leads the Hammers for shots taken this term.
Scamacca looks a real handful up front and has already netted three times in four Europa Conference League games this season. The 23-year-old was also prolific for his previous club Sassuolo last season, scoring 16 goals in Serie A.