‘X-rated’ altercation between Olympiakos supporters and English media precedes the West Ham United match
According to the Daily Mail, there has been a confrontation between Olympiakos supporters and the English media prior to Thursday’s (October 26) match versus West Ham.
On Wednesday, October 25, the newspaper posted a story on its website stating that upon arriving at Karaiskakis Stadium for the pre-match press conference, the journalists were met with a “hostile welcome.”
Reports stated that the ultras of the Athens-based team, who were inside the stadium planning a tifo for the Europa League match against the Hammers, had showered them with rolls of sellotape, spit, and X-rated comments upon their arrival.
There is one thing that is certain about this evening’s matchup versus Olympiakos: the stadium will be filled with fierce energy.
The Greek supporters have a reputation for inciting animosity, and this one won’t be any different as they try to upset West Ham and inflict the visitors their first loss in 17 games in Europe.
After winning their first two games, the Hammers will be hoping to build on their strong start to their European season.
But after losing 4-1 at Villa Park after a lackluster display, they will need to be far better than they were on Sunday, October 22, at Aston Villa.
David Moyes is probably going to make a few changes, but he still wants to field a good team to make sure that we are still in it to win it.
West Ham United’s starting lineup against Olympiacos is predicted by David Moyes, who makes eight changes.
In preparation for West Ham’s Europa League match against Olympiacos on Thursday, David Moyes may decide to make changes to his starting lineup.
The weekend’s crushing 4-1 loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League ended any momentum the Hammers had gained since the break.
In order to give fringe players a chance and important players a break for the game, Moyes may need to make some roster changes in order to find a way to regain momentum ahead of a crucial European matchup with the Greek powerhouses.
This season, Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola have traded positions. The Pole will remain in goal because he is the one responsible for preventing goals in Europe.
Due to injuries, Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell were both unable to play during the weekend’s match, and it is unlikely that either will be ready to return in time. Vladimir Coufal should stay on the team as a result, with Thilo Kehrer replacing Emerson Palmieri.
Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd are still the starting midfield duo, but this is an opportunity for Angelo Ogbonna and Dinos Mavropanos to share the starting role once more. The Greek defender is especially vying for a starting position in the Premier League.
Midfield is an area where Moyes is a bit light on numbers and that means he’s likely to stick with two tried-and-tested members of his squad in Tomas Soucek and James Ward-Prowse, allowing for Edson Alvarez to get a rest after his international duty saw him clock up the air miles.
It should all change to find a way to regain some momentum in the squad, but Moyes has a ton of options ahead of them.
In preparation for the match against Everton this coming weekend, Pablo Fornals should start on the right, while Said Benrahma is probably going to start on the left instead of Maxwel Cornet because Jarrod Bowen is in terrific form but may be rested.
Although Mohammed Kudus is still trying to push his way into the manager’s plans and should be selected in his preferred position, Danny Ings, the forward, is still looking to launch his Hammers career and should be selected ahead of Michail Antonio, the Jamaican who just returned from injury and international duty.