Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Anderlecht and West Ham face each other at Lotto Park in a highly-anticipated Conference League game. The Jupiler League outfit suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Charleroi at the weekend, but it has to be noted that they failed to turn their dominance into goals. Both Raman and Trebel should miss out with injuries, while Amuzu and Esposito are pushing for a start.
The Hammers, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record in Group B intact. David Moyes’ men proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton at the weekend, and even though the experienced manager is going to mix the squad against Anderlecht, away win should be considered. All Lanzini, Ogbonna, Fornals, and Benrahma are pushing for a start, while Johnson and Aguerd remain in the recovery room. Michail Antonio should lead the line for the visitors this time out.
Highlighted Player (Jan Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since.
The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings.
Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
Highlighted Team (West Ham):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals.
A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.