The Key West Ham trio are banned for the Europa Conference League banana peel against in-form Danish side Viborg FF this week.
West Ham will face Viborg over two legs for the right to make the group stage of the Europa Conference League a real success.
The first leg takes place at the London Stadium on Thursday night with West Ham desperate for a first win of the season to lift their spirits.
David Moyes’ side have had a poor start to the season with back-to-back defeats to defending champions Man City and newly promoted Nottingham Forest.
West Ham have looked pretty mediocre throughout pre-season. But some supporters are worried because, in reality, West Ham’s form and results have deteriorated a lot since last November.
They say winning becomes a habit. And while West Ham will surely be confident of beating Viborg over two legs, their opponents come into the first leg having won six of their games last season.
Key West Ham trio banned for Europa Conference League banana peel against in-form Danish side Viborg
And a key West Ham trio are banned for the Europa Conference League banana peel against in-form Danish side Viborg.
For the first leg at Stratford this week, West Ham will be without captain Declan Rice and vice-captain Aaron Cresswell.
Rice is suspended for both matches following comments made to the referee in the tunnel following the Europa League semi-final second leg loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
And Cresswell is also banned for the first leg against Viborg after his red card in the first exchanges of the same match. Yellow cards are not carried over into the following season’s UEFA competitions after the quarter-finals. But red card suspensions do.
Manager Moyes completes the treble of suspensions.
The Scot was handed a one-match ban for stealing a ball from a ball boy in Germany that night.
West Ham cannot afford to take this game lightly. The Hammers paid the price for complacency when they tried to qualify for Europe in the not-too-distant past, losing to Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu two years in a row.
Doing without the three main team leaders – manager, captain and vice-captain – is a major concern.
Full concentration is needed because for Viborg it will be one of the matches of their lives.
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