By Sam Stone

6th Sep, 2022 | 8:53pm

Jamie O'Hara thinks West Ham United will get knocked out in semi-final of UEFA Conference League

Jamie O’Hara does not think West Ham United will win the UEFA Conference League in the 2022/23 season as David Moyes looks to secure qualification for the Europa League.

The Hammers narrowly missed on Europa League football on the last day of the 2021/22 season after a final day defeat to Brighton.

Despite saying they should get to the final, O’Hara doesn’t think the Hammers will go all the way.

Talking on talkSPORT EDGE [6 September] he said: “West Ham should do okay in this and they probably should really get to the final.

“I am going to go semi-final and they’ll get knocked out.

“Only because I don’t think they’ll play their best side in it.”

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Important competition

West Ham need to put a lot of importance on this competition due to the competitiveness of the Premier League this season.

The Hammers will turn their fortunes around with the impressive summer additions that they’ve made, but they are already playing catch up when it comes to the race for European spots.

The likes of Brighton, Brentford and Newcastle will all pose a real threat to the top seven this season and Manchester United have turned up after a poor start to the season.

At the moment, it’s difficult to see where the Hammers fit into the European equation at the top end of the Premier League.

The Conference League, therefore, offers an excellent route into Europe for the Hammers next season and it’s a competition that Moyes should prioritise over the Carabao Cup and FA Cup this season.

Teams that are participating in the Conference League are a much lesser standard than the top-six Premier League sides that the Hammers will end up facing towards the back end of a domestic cup.

If and when West Ham qualify from the group stage, Moyes must ensure that he pays close attention to this competition.