By Jack Cunningham

25th Nov, 2021 | 11:10am

Natalie Sawyer believes that West Ham will beat Rapid Vienna

Natalie Sawyer believes that West Ham will beat Rapid Vienna in the Europa League tonight.

Speaking to Boyle Sports, the former Sky Sports presenter revealed her expectations for the Hammers in this game, and she also believes that the Irons can go very far in this competition.

The Hammers have already qualified and are unbeaten in their group, but Sawyer can’t see them taking their foot off the pedal yet.

She said: “They have been tremendous in Europe, and no doubt David Moyes wants to extend what’s been a flawless record so far for them.

“It’s been the ambition ever since they moved to the London Stadium, they’ve been promised European football, it’s taken a lot longer than they’d hoped, I am sure.

“Now they’re in it; they want to enjoy the journey, they want to go as far as they can in this competition.

“I am pretty confident that they can still do it [win]. Rapid Vienna have won one of their games, lost three, so they’re not the best side in this group.”

Confident stuff.

There is no reason why the Irons can’t seal a huge three points against Rapid Vienna to cement their place at the top of the group.

Yes, they lost at the weekend, but this is an opportunity for Moyes’ side to put that result behind them and kick on.

Given that they are through to the next round already, perhaps we will see some of the Hammers’ fringe players tonight.

The likes of Alex Kral and Nikola Vlasic haven’t played that much recently, and it would be good to see what they can do and how they can help the Irons.

You would think that even if Moyes rested some of his regular starting XI, they would still have enough in the tank to beat Vienna and secure top spot in the group with just one game left to play.

Sawyer will probably turn out to be spot on with her prediction.

In other West Ham news, here is our predicted starting XI for the game tonight.

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