West Ham vs Genk LIVE: Europa League team news, line-ups and more tonight

<p>The London Stadium ahead of West Ham vs Rapid Wien</p>

The London Stadium ahead of West Ham vs Rapid Wien

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West Ham take on Belgium’s Genk at the London Stadium tonight as they look to strengthen their grip on Group H in the Uefa Europa League.

The Hammers have won their first two fixtures, away against Dinamo Zagreb and at home to Rapid Wien, and sit top of the standings, three points ahead of the Croatians in second place.

David Moyes’ men come into the fixture in fine form after securing a well-deserved victory over a lacklustre Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon meant they have now won five of their last seven fixtures in all competitions, including wins over Manchester United and Leeds United away from home.

This is the Irons’ first appearance in the group stages of a European competition in the 21st century, and fans celebrated the occasion in style ahead of the previous matchday’s fixture against Rapid with an enormous fireworks and flags display. Their start to life in the Europa League has been impressive too, with a comfortable 2-0 victory away in Zagreb, with goals coming from Declan Rice and Michail Antonio. The result laid down a significant marker in the group. Dinamo had knocked out Tottenham Hotspur by beating them 3-0 at home in last season’s competition.

Genk, on the other hand, are a lowly sixth in the Belgian top flight so far this season and have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions. Top scorer and Nigeria international forward Paul Onuachu has scored nine times in 10 appearances this campaign and is a significant threat in the centre of the attack – follow all the live updates below as well as the conclusion of Vitesse vs Tottenham:

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Vitesse 0 – 0 Tottenham

63 mins: Vitesse’s final ball into the box hasn’t been great. They’ve attempted a few crosses from the right but nothing has beaten the Tottenham centre-backs.

Close! Darfalou slips the ball to Dasa who’s forward on the right. They’ve got an overload on as Dasa drives towards the box. He shoots just as he reaches the front edge and narrowly sends the effort wide of the near post.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 19:06

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Vitesse 0 – 0 Tottenham

60 mins: Back to Arnhem where Tottenham’s early momentum at the start of the second half has been slowly eroded away by Vitesse. The home side have taken over possession and the game has developed into a midfield battle.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 19:02

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Line-ups: West Ham vs Genk

Following the conclusion of this game we’ll be focusing of West Ham’s next outing in the Europa League as they take on Genk. Kick off for that one is at 8pm and here are the starting line-ups:

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Vlasic, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Bowen.

Genk XI: Vandevoordt, Preciado, Cuesta, Lucumi, Arteaga, Heynen, Hrosovsky, Bongonda, Ito, Onuachu.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 19:00

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Vitesse 0 – 0 Tottenham

54 mins: Tottenham have been a bit more aggressive since the restart. Scarlett is throwing his weight around and trying impose himself on the Vitesse defenders. Doekhi is hit by the forward but not before he slips the ball away to Tronstad. Tronstad passes it out to Wittek on the left side and he knocks the ball down the line to give Openda a chase. Sanchez gets back and slides across the Vitesse striker, winning the ball and clearing it for Spurs.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 18:57

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Vitesse 0 – 0 Tottenham

51 mins: Dane Scarlett is penalised after taking on Bazoer over on the right side of the box. The defender sticks to Scarlett, marshalling him wider and wider before eventually shoving him to ground and toppling over him. I’m not sure Scarlett’s done a lot wrong there but Vitesse are given the free kick.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 18:53

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OFF THE BAR! Gil comes close to an opener!

48 mins: Great play from Tottenham. Lo Celso is given the ball just inside his own half. He turns and shimmies past a Vitesse midfielder before driving the ball up the opponents box. There’s no way into the area for him so he squares the ball to Bryan Gil who hits a first-time left-footed shot beautifully. It’s got swerve and dip but just not enough as it smacks into the crossbar and bounces away!

Michael Jones21 October 2021 18:51

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Second half: Vitesse 0 – 0 Tottenham

Kick off: Can Tottenham get a goal in this second half. Judging by the first 45 minutes one goal may be enough for either team to claim all three points.

The visitors get the match back underway. Bergwijn flicks the ball up to Scarlett who chests it down and spins Rasmussen only for the offside flag to go up.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 18:48

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Vitesse 0 – 0 Tottenham

Both teams made mistakes during that first 45 minutes. Tottenham gave the ball away countless times and never seemed to get out of first gear.

Nuno Espirito Santo will want more urgency, more intent and sharper passing in the second half.

A shot on target would be nice too.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 18:41

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Vitesse 0 – 0 Tottenham

The other Group G game of the night has Rennes 2-1 up against Mura meaning that as things stand Tottenham are dropping to second place in the table.

They need to win Group G to avoid a play-off match to get into the knockout stages.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 18:38

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Half-time: Vitesse 0 – 0 Tottenham

45+1 mins: Nuno Espirito Santo has named a second string starting XI for Tottenham and it’s clear. The players haven’t quite gelled in attack with the visitors only having two shots in the first half.

Vitesse have had seven but most have come from outside the box or have been off-target. Neither goalkeeper has had much to do and the game remains deadlocked.

The crowd have been great though.

Michael Jones21 October 2021 18:33

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