West Ham’s first journey within the group stage of the Europa League is upon us, with the necessary draw to be made on Friday morning (11:00 BST).
The 32 groups which have certified for the group stage have been divided into 4 pots with eight and one from every pot will go into every of the eight teams AH. Pot one consists of seeded golf equipment, and the opposite three pots are decided by UEFA’s membership coefficient rating.
For Hammers, it’s a primary wager on Europe for the reason that toes have been tipped into the qualifying phases of the 2016 competitors – when the Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu gained 2-1 total.
West Ham are in pot three, with their coefficiency primarily based on a five-year rating, and that would give the membership a few plum attracts, particularly towards the likes of Lyon, Lazio and Napoli, as properly as Celtic and Rangers from a home perspective.
The membership can not be drawn towards Leicester at this stage, with Brendan Rodger’s facet excluded from coming to West Ham regardless of being in pot two.
Here is a abstract of the most effective and worst case eventualities for David Moyes and his gamers.
West Ham are not looking for to face an exceptionally good Napoli facet / MB Media / Getty Images
West Ham followers can clock up the air mile in pot one, though there are eight attainable opponents to attract towards.
Lyon, Napoli and Lazio have maybe the largest status – in the meanwhile a minimum of – and would symbolize a comparatively brief journey throughout the continent. The identical may be stated about potential clashes towards Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and Braga, whereas a little bit extra gasoline might want to go into the tank to fly out to both Olympiacos or Dinamo Zagreb.
When it involves who’s finest to face, it is difficult – Dinamo or Olympiacos are indubitably the weakest of the perimeters, however would Hammers desire to take a look at the steel from Braga as an alternative? Probably. When it involves who to keep away from, it should be Napoli – they’ve a facet stuffed with world-class gamers and may actually compete within the Champions League.
Potential golf equipment: Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Dinamo Zagreb, Lazio, Olympiacos, Monaco
Best case situation: Braga
In the worst case: Naples
West Ham performed Celtic in a pre-season pleasant and gained 6-2 at Parkhead / Ian MacNicol / Getty Images
Things don’t get a lot simpler in pot two, however the excellent news is that West Ham are greater than able to beating any of those sides.
Celtic and Rangers are the plain standout alternatives, however there are additionally some probably difficult bands away at Red Star Belgrade and Lokomotiv Moscow. When it involves the newest European pedigree, nevertheless, it’s PSV Eindhoven who’s frequently within the Champions League and has been within the later phases of the knockout rounds.
A match towards Eintracht Frankfurt would set off the primary match of the “we used to have Sebastien Haller derby”, however it is Genk that David Moyes and his gamers have the most effective probability of convincingly hitting.
Potential golf equipment: Celtic, Eintracht Frankfurt, Red Star Belgrade, Rangers, Lokomotiv Moscow
Best case situation: Genk
In the worst case: PSV Eindhoven
Galatasaray are regulars on the European stage / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Pot 4 is the place the air mile begins to select up, with West Ham probably shifting to Austria, Poland, Turkey or Hungary.
Galatasaray should not the drive they as soon as have been, however they’re nonetheless a scary and hostile proposal, and it’s doubtless that FC Midtjylland and Brondby may give Hammers a superb sport.
If the membership might select anybody to face, it will in all probability be Royal Antwerp in Belgium, however West Ham have a superb probability of overcoming a couple of sides on this pot each at dwelling and away – offered they carry their A-game.
Potential golf equipment: Rapid Wien, Legia Warszawa, FC Midtjylland, Ferencvaros, Sturm Graz, Brondby
Best case situation: Royal Antwerp
In the worst case: Galatasaray
As common, the group video games within the Europa League begin in mid-September and finish in the primary week of December.