Match Today: West Ham United vs Silkeborg 15-09-2022 UEFA Europa League
West Ham United will make a trip to Denmark to face Silkeborg on Thursday evening in an effort to build on its positive start in the Europa League group stages.
On the same evening that Hammers battled to defeat Steaua Bucharest, Silkeborg slipped to a late goal against Anderlecht in Belgium. Given the freedom to invest aggressively in strengthening West Ham's side, David Moyes has the tools at his disposal to bid for trophies both domestically and in Europe.
However their opening group game of this tournament was not planning for three quarters of the game with Steaua Bucharest leading at the London Stadium with 21 minutes remaining. Three times in the third consecutive continental match.
West Ham United vs Silkeborg
Although West Ham's upcoming Premier League game on Sunday was saved from being rescheduled, the entire focus will be on this one with Moyes inevitably keen to ensure progress to the knockout stages as soon as possible.
Despite a mixed campaign so far, West Ham have racked up four wins from seven games in all competitions and one of two defeats were in controversial circumstances against Chelsea.
West Ham are no stranger to facing the Danish opposition this season having already played for Viborg FF in the preliminary round, winning 6-1 on aggregate.
Silkeborg vs West Ham United
As it stands, Viborg is two points ahead of Silkeborg in the domestic standings, arguably indicative of the level of opponent West Ham will play on Thursday.
Kent Nielsen's side have lost five of their last eight matches in all competitions, most recently at Anderlecht last week where Fabio Silva scored an 80th minute penalty to seal that game in Belgium.
On a more positive note, seeing Nielsen return to winning ways at the weekend with a 1-0 home win, Moyes will toy with the idea of naming a full-strength squad after the unexpected weekend due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.