David Moyes is aiming to avoid West Ham’s ‘congested’ fixture accumulation by finishing top of his Europa Conference League group and advancing directly to the last 16 of the tournament.
- David Moyes wants his team to finish top of the Europa Conference League group
- The Scottish boss wants to avoid two more matches in an extra play-off round
- The Hammers take on Anderlecht at the London Stadium on Thursday night
David Moyes urges West Ham to avoid having to add two games to their busy schedule by finishing top of their Europa Conference League group.
Finalists must play a two-legged draw to reach the last 16, while the top teams qualify automatically. The Hammers lead Group B with three wins from three and face Anderlecht at home tonight.
Gianluca Scamacca scored the winner against the Belgians last week as a substitute and the £35.5m striker is set to start tonight, with Michail Antonio suffering from the flu.
David Moyes has urged his side to finish top of their Europa League group and avoid adding two more fixtures to their schedule
“We want to qualify above all, but that would be even better than winning the group, because that would mean losing a few games,” admitted coach Moyes.
When asked how beneficial that would be, the Scot added: “It definitely would. The week after we have a match Monday, Thursday, Sunday, which sounds ridiculous, but that’s how the match list has it.
“We tried to do something about it. It’s a congested time. You will surely try to make it less cluttered.
West Ham lead their group five points clear of Anderlecht who they face on Thursday