By George Overhill

3rd Nov, 2022 | 6:42pm

David Moyes’ West Ham starting XI for the final Europa Conference League group game at FCSB has been confirmed by the club.

With the Hammers having already qualified for the last-16 and with an important game against Crystal Palace at the weekend the Scot has rung the changes from the last league outing, and Nayef Aguerd makes a second appearance.

He has handed Hammers debuts to Divin Mubama up front and Ollie Scarles on the left wing, while Conor Coventry starts in midfield next to Flynn Downes.

Alphonse Areola is in goal, behind a back four of Vladimir Coufal, Ben Johnson, Angelo Ogbonna as captain, and Aguerd.

Downes and Coventry have the chance to impress in the centre of the park, with Scarles and Manuel Lanzini on either side, while Pablo Fornals will be supporting Mubama in attack.

End on a high

West Ham are in a similar position with their final group game in Bucharest as they were with the last outing in their Europa League group last season, having already qualified and able to give some lesser-spotted members of the squad some action.

Fans may not be quite as excited for the third-tier European competition as they were for the run to the semi-final of the second-tier version last season, but if the Irons can emulate that campaign and maybe go a couple better their time in the Conference League can still be memorable.

There isn’t too much to lose with tonight’s match, as long as there are no damaging injuries considering how there have already been a few of those this season.

But if some of the youngsters benefit from their action then there is potentially a lot to gain, in the long-term even if not the immediate future.

Having lost a tight one at Old Trafford in the Premier League last time out it would be disappointing to follow up with another negative result on the continent, even if the consequences are minimal.

Moyes will have his eye on the players he has decided to give a chance to, so while there could be a lack of familiarity in the display it should be informative to see who grabs the opportunity.