By George Overhill

18th Aug, 2022 | 6:46pm

Angelo Ogbonna back, Gianluca Scammaca starts: West Ham United confirmed XI v Viborg

David Moyes’s confirmed West Ham starting XI has been released ahead of the Europa Conference League qualifier against Viborg at the London Stadium.

Coming off two defeats in the opening Premier League games the manager has rung the changes from the league defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Big money striker Gianluca Scamacca is handed his first start in an Irons shirt, as is Maxwel Cornet, while captaining the side is Angelo Ogbonna after his long fight back from ACL surgery, and latest arrival Thilo Kehrer is on the bench.

Alphonse Areola takes his place as the cup keeper, behind Vladimir Coufal, Ogbonna, Ben Johnson in the middle again, and youngster Harrison Ashby.

Conor Coventry takes Declan Rice’s place next to Thomas Soucek in midfield, while Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini and Cornet support the £35million striker in attack.

Booster

It won’t be a walk in the park by any means but the Hammers need to make a statement in Stratford for the Thursday night (18 August) kickoff.

A busy summer wasn’t supposed to lead into a campaign beset by an injury crisis and no points on the board, but the club’s luck has been pretty abysmal in recent weeks.

They have been linked with a list of players as long as your arm, but unlikely January there have been a host of successful new arrivals even if there have once again been some very disappointing misses.

Having addressed the centre of defence by signing Nayef Aguerd they couldn’t have predicted a long-term injury would rule him out before the season had even started, and necessitate a last-minute scramble for further help.

They also would have expected to get something out of the game at the City Ground nine times out of 10, with a disallowed goal, a missed penalty, an opposition player escaping a possible red card, and two shots bouncing the wrong side of the goal line off the cross bar.

The Danes have been weakened for their visit to the capital by Brexit-related visa regulations [Guardian] so West Ham have to be confident of getting a result, and if they could boost the morale around the club in the process would be very handy before the next league game.