West Ham v Astra Giurgiu preview

Slaven Bilic has said he will name his strongest side when West Ham face Astra Giurgiu in Thursday’s Europa League play-off second leg at the London Stadium.

The tie is evenly poised at 1-1 ahead of Friday’s group stage draw after Mark Noble’s penalty was cancelled out by a late equaliser from Denis Alibec in last week’s first leg.

“We are going to wait and see who will play tomorrow,” Bilic said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We will put out the strongest possible side as we want to qualify. We got a good result in the first leg.

“If we want to qualify, we have to beat Astra at home and we should be confident. I expect us to win.”

Bilic is expected to continue resting Dimitri Payet against the Romanian champions.

The France midfielder …

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