West Ham United manager David Moyes admits he will have to wait until the last possible moment before deciding whether Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell are fit enough to feature in Thursday’s Europa League last 16 clash with Sevilla (West Ham 11/10, Draw 21/10, Sevilla 5/2 – Match Betting).
The Hammers will head into the second leg of the tie at the London Stadium looking to overturn a 1-0 advantage after Munir El Haddadi’s goal handed Sevilla a narrow lead during last week’s first leg.
Sunday’s 2-1 success over Aston Villa in the Premier League means West Ham will head into Thursday’s crunch clash with some winning momentum, but that victory came at a cost, as forward Antonio and defender Cresswell were both forced off with injuries during the second half.
Moyes has now provided an update on the duo, revealing that both have been involved in light training, but he will not be able to make a decision on their involvement on Thursday until the lead up to kick off.
“I couldn’t tell you exactly if they’re fit,” Moyes said at his pre-match press conference. “They’ve done a little bit of light training. We’re trying to find out if they are fit, that’s really what it is – we’re trying to give them every opportunity to be fit.
“I’ve not named the team and I’ll probably not do that until late tomorrow to see how they are.”
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One player that will definitely be missing is Jarrod Bowen, who continues to be sidelined with the heel injury he picked up against Liverpool earlier this month.
The match at the London Stadium is one of eight taking place in the Europa League on Thursday, with another of the British sides, Rangers, looking well placed to advance, as they will take a 3-0 lead to Serbia for the second leg of their tie with Crvena Zvezda (Match Betting – Crvena Zvezda 19/20, Draw 5/2, Rangers 12/5).
Things are not looking so rosy for Barcelona, who will head to Turkey to take on Galatasaray off the back of the two sides playing out a goalless draw at the Camp Nou seven days ago (Galatasaray 13/2, Draw 19/5, Barcelona 1/3 – Match Betting).
The game of the night could come at the BayArena where hosts Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to overturn a 3-2 deficit when they take on Atalanta (Leverkusen 5/4, Draw 13/5, Atalanta 17/10 – Match Betting).
There are also eight matches to enjoy in the Europa Conference League, including Leicester City’s trip to France to take on Rennes – Brendan Rodgers’ side hold a 2-0 advantage from the first leg of the last 16 tie thanks to goals from Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho (Rennes 3/4, Draw 11/4, Leicester 3/1 – Match Betting).
Jose Mourinho’s Roma will also be looking to progress, as they hold a 1-0 aggregate lead over Vitesse ahead of their meeting at the Stadio Olimpico (Roma 8/15, Draw 3/1, Vitesse 9/2 – Match Betting), while neutrals will be hoping for more of the same at the Parken Stadium after FC Copenhagen and PSV Eindhoven played out a thrilling 4-4 draw in Holland last week (Copenhagen 5/2, Draw 13/5, PSV 10/11 – Match Betting).
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