West Ham need to claim a win on Thursday night in the Europa League against Rapid Wien to seal their place in the tournament’s round of 16. The Hammers have been excellent in the competition, but David Moyes will aim to prevent a lack of focus on Thursday in Austria.

West Ham have already played 18 matches this season and fatigue could be setting in. Moyes watched the Hammers lose 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers on matchday 12 of the Premier League season. Now, Moyes needs the team to rebound against Rapid Wien with qualification to the round of 16 up for grabs.

Rapid Wien are bottom of Europa League Group H. The Austrians have taken three points from 12 on offer in the tournament’s group stage. A win against West ham could draw them level with Dinamo Zagreb. The Croatians are second in Group H ahead of matchday 5. They play Genk, who could move into second place with a win of their own.

West Ham’s Europa League future is in their own hands. A victory will seal progress to the round of 16. A loss would make things interesting on the final day of the group stage.

Rapid Wien vs West Ham Betting Odds

 

West Ham are favourites to win away in Austria according to leading sportsbooks. The Hammers are at the best betting odds of 63/100 to claim a win and seal progression to the next round of the competition. On matchday 4, West Ham failed to seal progression to the round of 16 due to a 2-2 draw with Genk. West Ham conceded an 88th-minute own goal, allowing Genk to get a share of the spoils. West Ham have won just two of their last five matches in all competitions.

Rapid Wien are at the best betting odds of 9/2 to win at full-time versus West Ham. The Green and White have not been on a good run of form. Just five of Rapid Wien’s last 16 matches in all competitions finished as wins. Rapid Wien did win at the weekend 1-0 against Altach. The victory ended a two-match losing streak.

The reverse fixture between these teams finished 2-0 in favour of West Ham. Declan Rice scored just before the half hour-mark and Said Benrahma sealed the victory with a 90th-minute goal. Bookies’ best odds on a draw between Rapid Wien and West Ham are at 16/5.

Rapid Wien vs West Ham Team News

Moyes has just one player on the injury list going into the match on Thursday night. Centre-back Angelo Ogbonna is nursing a knee injury. The Italian is ruled out of the fixture. Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson are likely to play once more in central defence.

Moyes’ problem isn’t injuries, rather it is fatigue. West Ham have the smallest squad of all the teams competing in Europe. He is using many of the same players from game to game, and wearing the likes of Michail Antonio and Declan Rice down.

Steffen Hofmann has four players on the Rapid Wien injury list going into the Europa League matchday 5 fixture. Hofman is unlikely to have defender Lukas Sulzbacher available due to a muscle strain. Goalkeeper Richard Strebinger is ruled out with an ankle sprain. Midfielder Lion Schuster could return following a bout of muscle cramps. Defender Christopher Dibon is a major doubt due to an ACL injury.

Three players have notched six goals each for Rapid Wien this season in the Bundesliga and Europa League. Ercan Kara, Marco Grull, and Taxiarchis Fountas have each bagged six goals.

Rapid Wien vs West Ham H2H

West Ham claim a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture with Declan Rice and Said Benrahma getting the goals. Rapid Wien kept the lion’s share of possession with 53%. West Ham outshot the Austrians 14-10 with four shots hitting the target to Rapid Wien’s one.

West Ham could be experiencing some fatigue and it could lead Moyes to rotate the team. The Hammers have a key top-four clash at the weekend against second-place Manchester City. Moyes is running the risk of wearing out his players due to the team’s small squad.

Rapid Wien vs West Ham Predictions

Both teams to score: YES @ 37/50 - BET NOW

 

West Ham kept a clean sheet when these teams last met on matchday 2. However, West Ham have conceded goals in each of their last four matches in all competitions. Those four games saw the Hammers concede six times and score nine goals. Three of Rapid Wien’s last four matches in all competitions finished with both teams scoring. Our betting tips prediction is for both teams to score on matchday 5.

Halftime result: DRAW @ 27/20 - BET NOW

 

Thursday night’s match is high stakes for both teams. West Ham can seal progression to the round of 16 with a win. Rapid Wien can potentially move into third place and have a change at qualifying for the next round on matchday 6. West Ham’s last two matches were draws at halftime. Rapid Wien’s match versus Altach at the weekend went into the halftime break as a draw. Our betting tips prediction is for Thursday’s game to be a draw at the halftime break.

Said Benrahma to score anytime @ 11/5 - BET NOW

 

Said Benrahma is West Ham’s leading goalscorer in the Europa League. The forward scored against Rapid Wien in the reverse fixture to seal the win for West Ham. Benrahma has six goals in all competitions this season in 17 appearances. Our betting tips prediction is for the ex-Brentford man to get another goal versus Rapid Wien in a close fixture.

West Ham had the chance to win the group on matchday 4, but failed to do so. Our betting tips prediction is for Moyes’ squad to get a win away from home and top Group H. It should be a hard-fought match with fatigue playing a part for the Hammers. The victory could cost them points at the weekend in the Premier League against Manchester City, however.