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West Ham arrive in Bucharest ahead of big Europa test

Filed: Wednesday, 5th August 2015
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United's Europa League squad has arrived in Romania ahead of tomorrow night's third qualifying round, second leg tie with Astra Giurgiu.

And whilst Slaven Bilic has refused to allow his first team players to travel ahead of Sunday's short trip to Arsenal, the team will still have an experienced feel to it with the likes of Kevin Nolan, Modibo Maiga, Carl Jenkinson and goalkeeper Darren Randolph having travelled with the party.

Bilic and his entourage will be joined by just over 300 travelling supporters for the match, in which West Ham have to win or secure a high-scoring draw in order to proceed to the Europa League's final play-off phase.

However they'll have to do it without the likes of Adrian, Diafra Sakho, Cheik Kouyate and Dimitri Payet, who have been left at home in order to prepare for Sunday's Premier League opener against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Likely starting XI: Randolph, Page, Jenkinson, Oxford, Burke, Poyet, Lanzini, Jarvis, Samuelsen, Nolan, Maiga.

Elsewhere the Under 21s are in action at Ryman League Canvey Island FC tonight. “This game gives us another opportunity to play against a men’s team, which is invaluable experience," said new Academy boss Terry Westley.

Limited tickets will be available on the gate; meanwhile the creative folk at CIFC have put together this little montage ahead of tonight's clash, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

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