CONFERENCE LEAGUE champions West Ham return to Europa League action against Serbian outfit Backa Topola on Thursday.
SunSport betting experts have previewed the contest, and carefully selected our best bets, tips and sign-up bonuses for the showdown at the London Stadium.
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West Ham vs Backa Topola preview
It’s been 106 days since West Ham conquered Europe with their Europa Conference League final victory over Fiorentina.
David Moyes and his side enjoyed a remarkable European campaign last season, and hopes of a repeat in the Europa League are sky-high after an excellent start to the Premier League campaign.
The Hammers Have taken 10 points from a possible 15, including a remarkable 3-1 victory over seemingly unstoppable Brighton at the Amex.
James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez have proven the ideal replacements for Declan Rice, while big summer signing Mohammed Kudus should justify his £38million price tag in the coming weeks.
Backa Topola arrive top of the Serbian Super Liga with six wins from seven, and their most recent league outing saw them beat Zeleznicar Pancevo 6-3.
West Ham vs Backa Topola odds
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West Ham vs Backa Topola betting tips
Manager David Moyes will make some changes for this contest, but the sensible Scot is unlikely alter his starting XI too much with Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse likely to start.
West Ham have a trip to Anfield to prepare for on Sunday, and Moyes will want to rest his best as early as possible – and that means a flying start could be on the menu.
Though cruising in Serbia, Backa Topola’s Champions League qualifier against Braga ended in a disastrous 7-1 aggregate defeat, conceding six of those in the opening 45 minutes.
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If he starts…
Jarrod Bowen should get on the scoresheet. The 26-year-old is the main man at the London Stadium, and undoubtedly their most consistent source of goals having netted three already this season.
He’s also something of a European specialist having scored nine times in 21 appearances in the Europa and Conference Leagues over the last few seasons.
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Quite a left-field punt, but Backa Topola to have over 3.5 corners is available at 9/2 and that looks a reasonably good price for the visitors.
West Ham, though clearly playing superior opposition, have given away 56 corners in their opening five Premier League matches of the campaign. That’s an average of 11.2 corners a game.
A host of changes in the second half could give the Serbian’s a chance to capitalise, and corners rather than goals looks the safest approach.
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