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Steaua Bucharest vs West Ham: Our top betting tips
This game is a dead rubber in every sense; West Ham are going to top the group and Steaua Bucharest are going home. Will the game play out to that form or do the hosts have a surprise in store? Find out with our Steaua Bucharest vs West Ham match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
West Ham to win
We kick off our predictions for this match by backing West Ham to win; the Hammers have been in sensational form in this competition winning each of their five games played. By stark contrast, Steaua Bucharest have struggled big time. They are yet to win a game and have collected just two points from a possible 15. On top of that, they lost 3-1 to West Ham in the reverse fixture and with the Hammers having 20 shots on goal it could have been a damn sight worse. With all that considered, it's hard to look beyond the English side completing the perfect group stage – six wins from six!
Going over 2.5 goals
Our next prediction for this game sees us delve into the total goals market and we are opting for an over 2.5 goal bet. West Ham haven't seen any of their last five matches go over that 2.5 threshold, however, they have averaged 2.8 goals per game in the Europa Conference League. Steaua Bucharest meanwhile have averaged a group high 3.6 goals per game in this competition and, in all competitions, have seen four of their last five matches go over that 2.5 cut off. Considering the last head to head meeting between these sides served up four goals, the prospect of them sharing at least three here is more than realistic.
Here are the key stats & form guide for Steaua Bucharest vs West Ham
Table toppers West Ham to hammer basement boys Steaua Bucharest?
Like Steaua Bucharest didn't have a hard enough task staring them in the face for this game, they also have to come into the match without several players. David Miculescu is suspended whilst a trio of players – Ovidiu Popescu, Ionut Pantiru and Lucian Cristea – are all ruled out with knee injuries!
Steaua Bucharest Predicted lineup – Tarnovanu, Tamm, Dawa, Cretu, Radunovic, Olaru, Edjouma, Oaida, Stoica, Dumiter, Compagno
West Ham are guaranteed to top the group so there might be a few changes to the XI – albeit the chance to win every group game doesn't come around often and would be big for morale heading into the knockout rounds. Lucas Paqueta won't be involved due to injury whilst Max Cornet and Lukasz Fabianski are both carrying knocks and unlikely to be risked.
West Ham Predicted lineup – Areola, Coufal, Kehrer, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Fornals, Downes, Emerson, Lanzini, Appiah-Forson, Antonio
A quickfire FAQ on Steaua Bucharest vs West Ham
- Where is the match being hosted? – Arena Nationala
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – West Ham
- What time does the match kick off? 8 PM GMT