Currently leading the way in Group H upon their return to continental competition, Thursday evening’s opposition have lost their last two games and the optimism with which they started the campaign appears to be evaporating. Roundly beaten 3-0 at home to Dinamo Zagreb in September, they sit sixth in the Jupiler Pro League and have already conceded 20 times in all competitions.
David Moyes’ side, meanwhile, looked impressive at Everton on Sunday and duly head into the fixture with confidence. Three points here would go some way in ensuring progression through to the knock-out rounds ahead of a big week for the club.
Indeed, rivals Tottenham Hotspur visit on Sunday afternoon before Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, followed by a trip up to Aston Villa four days later.
Keep up with all the action with kick-off at 20.00 pm BST, follow all the action with Jack Rosser at the London Stadium!
Jack Rosser’s half-time verdict
That Dawson goal makes things look a lot brighter for West Ham after a stodgy first half. The visitors had arguably been the more threatening until the goal and Moyes will want to see far more life after the break.
GOAL! West Ham 1 – 0 Genk | Craig Dawson 45′
Finally, West Ham have their goal.
Even despite the myriad of attacking midfielders on the pitch, Craig Dawson heads in on the stroke of half-time.
44:00 Cresswell’s driven delivery from the left finds Bowen in the box, though his backheel effort is crowded out and smothered by the ‘keeper.
Width West Ham’s key
42:00 Every time West Ham stretch the play and utilise either Aaron Cresswell or Ben Johnson, they’ve looked dangerous.
Soucek headed over under pressure after a wonderful cross from Cresswell, while Johnson and Andriy Yarmolenko have looked dangerous when linking up out on the right.
37:00 Areloa gets away with one.
The goalkeeper completely misses a corner and allows Onuachu a free header. The striker, however, heads over.
Very luck from a West Ham perspective.
Declan Rice pulling strings
35:00 Declan Rice’s passing ability is on full display here.
While it doesn’t always come off, it is the England international dictating the tempo, finding the attacking midfielders at speed in an effort to craft something.
Aside from that, they look somewhat short of ideas.
Good spell for West Ham
30:00 A corner from Jarrod Bowen saw Craig Dawson head over under pressure at the far post.
That effort followed a good spell for Moyes’ side, who are now upping the tempo somewhat in an effort to break through.
Jack Rosser at the London Stadium
David Moyes has been frustrated with West Ham’s profligacy in front of goal recently and that Bowen chance will have him furious. Great work from Lanzini and Johnson in the build-up.
Chance of the game
25:00 Brilliant chance for Bowen after good work from Ben Johnson though the ball was played just behind the forward, who hits the air instead.
That right-hand side looks like the most effective outlet for West Ham so far.
Good work from Soucek
24:00 Tomas Soucek does well to break free in the Genk box after playing a lovely one-two with Bowen but his fizzed cross evades everybody.