West Ham are set to play their second competitive match of the season, which will most likely see them progress to the next round of Europa League qualification.
In the biggest home match in their opponents’ history, FC Lusitans will face the near-impossible job of overcoming the Premier League giants’ 3-0 first leg lead.
As such, the Irons look unlikely to alter their approach, with youngsters and reserves getting a taste of first-team action, while many of the senior players remain at a training camp in Ireland.
Of greatest significance, perhaps, is that the Irons’ new manager Slaven Bilic is rumoured to be taking to the dugout for the first time. However, he won’t be managing the team.
Lusitans manager Xavi Roura was unhappy at Bilic for leaving academy director Terry Westley in charge, believing the Croat should have shown his side more respect by taking control.
However, Westley will once again be at the helm, with Diafra Sakho wearing the captain’s armband. Fellow senior player Joey O’Brien will make his 100th appearance for the club.
Youngsters Josh Cullen, Reece Burke, Reece Oxford, Elliot Lee and Djair Parfitt-Williams all featured in the first leg and will hope to get another chance to impress under Westley.
Should they go through, the Hammers will face either Maltease side Birkirkara FC or Ulisses FC of Armenia in the second qualifying round.