Frank McAvennie: West Ham to make changes v Rapid Vienna, Michail Antonio out
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Frank McAvennie predicts West Ham to leave Michail Antonio out of the starting XI that takes on Rapid Vienna in Austria tomorrow.
The Irons can secure top spot in the Europa League group on Thursday if they secure a point in Vienna.
The game will be played without spectators after Austria recent returned to a national lockdown.
Fans are unlikely to be missing out on the sight of Antonio, however, as ex-Irons star McAvennie suggests David Moyes may look to rest the 31-year-old ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Etihad Stadium.
“The bottom line is, they’ve qualified anyway and if they get a point they go through as winners,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.
“The team will be changed on Thursday, it will be a different team I would imagine, especially with Manchester City on the weekend. That’s a big one.
“I don’t think Antonio will be playing, they’ll want him for the weekend. I think the manager will say ‘look, I’m going to leave a few of you out’, and he might even leave a couple at home to have a wee break for a day or so.
“It would make a lot of sense to me.”
In other West Ham news, this is what Chelsea fans were chanting about a senior Irons star against Juventus on Tuesday.