Europa League: Moyes hoping to celebrate milestone in style

04 November 2021 22:28:03 GMTPlus11
David Moyes reaches a notable milestone

David Moyes takes charge of his 1,000th game as a manager and is hoping there is cause for celebration as West Ham aim to secure their place in the Europa League knockout stages.

There are a total of 16 Europa League matches taking place across Thursday and you can check out the Latest Soccer Promotions on bet365, while there is also the opportunity to make use of the Soccer Bet Builder.

Where it all began for Moyes

You have to go all the way back to 1998 for Moyes' first game as a manager. The Scot guided Preston North End to victory over Macclesfield Town in January that year, having replaced Gary Peters as the club struggled in Division Two.

Having avoided relegation that season, the former centre-back guided Preston to the Division Two title in the next campaign, before then steering the club to the Division One play-offs the season after, where they lost out 3-0 to Bolton Wanderers in the final.

Moyes then replaced Walter Smith at Everton in March 2002 and it was at Goodison Park that his reputation really scored, guiding the Toffees to nine top-eight finishes in his 11 full seasons in charge.

Disappointing spells

Moyes was subsequently hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him at Manchester United, but his dream job turned into a nightmare and 10 months later he was sacked.

An average year with Real Sociedad was then followed by a disastrous time at Sunderland, who were relegated in 2017 after winning just six of their 38 Premier League matches.

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Reputation rebuilt

Moyes proved his class when steering West Ham away from relegation in the 2017/18 campaign and the only strange decision from the owners was not to offer the Scot an extension. His six-month deal expired in May 2018 and he duly left the club.

However, it wasn't long until the Hammers came knocking again and the Scot was reappointed in December 2019.

The 58-year-old is enjoying a fantastic second spell in charge of the Irons and he will become the 35th member of the League Managers' Association's 1,000 club on Thursday.

Genk to be brushed aside

The Irons head into the clash at the Cegeka Arena to take on Genk on a five-game winning streak and a victory would guarantee the English outfit a place in the last-16 stage of the Europa League - something they haven't achieved since 1980.

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The Hammers are unbeaten away from home across all competitions this season - winning six times and drawing once - and they are 1.75 to chalk up another three points on the road.

West Ham currently sit top of Group H, six points clear of the other three teams in the pool, and a victory on Thursday coupled with a draw between Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Wien would secure first place.

England international Declan Rice has been the surprise goalscoring hero for the Hammers in the competition, netting twice from three matches, and he can be backed at 6.00 to find the back of the net in Belgium.

Foxes looking to boost qualification hopes

While it has been easy going for West Ham in the Europa League, it has been anything but for Leicester City and they head into Thursday's home clash against Spartak Moscow sitting third in Group C, two points behind first-placed Legia Warsaw and level on points with Napoli in second.

Arsenal ended a four-game winning run for the Foxes last time out, but with Spartak winless in their last four and recently shipping seven goals against Zenit, Brendan Rodgers' men will be hoping they can get back to winning ways at 1.20.

Scottish duo also in action

Scottish champions Rangers face a crunch clash in Group A when they make the trip to Brondby. The Gers are third in the standings, just one points behind Sparta Prague in second, and Steven Gerrard's men know they can't afford many more slip-ups.

The Ibrox outfit hit Motherwell for six last time out, extending their unbeaten run to six matches across all competitions, and they can be backed at 1.95 to get the better of 4.00 Brondby, who are bottom the group on one point.

Celtic are also in action as they travel to Ferencvaros in Group G. The Hoops are third in the table, four points behind both Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis, and they know a victory is required to try and close the gap to the top two.

Ange Postecoglou's men are unbeaten in six games, winning five and drawing one, while they have triumphed in their last three away outings and are 2.05 to chalk up another victory.

Leverkusen's home clash against Betis in this group is one of the standout fixtures on Thursday evening, while Lazio's trip to Marseille in Group E also promises to be an entertaining affair.

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