By Dominic Toner
David Gold has revealed that West Ham will field their strongest team against Astra Giurgiu.
West Ham earned a 1-1 draw in the away leg against the Romanian outfit and host the second leg at the London Stadium on Thursday night.
West Ham’s joint chairman David Gold has revealed on Twitter that Slaven Bilic will pick his best starting 11 for the tie.
Tonight we will play our strongest team available to ensure progression to the group stages of the Europa League. dg
— David Gold (@davidgold) August 25, 2016
In the first leg the Hammers opened the scoring through a Mark Noble penalty on the stroke of half-time, before Denis Alibec struck back with just seven minutes to go to level the scores.
Youngsters Reece Oxford, 17, Sam Byram, 22, and Reece Burke, 19, all started the game in defence while 18-year-old Marcus Browne was given his chance to impress from the bench in the second half.
With the tie hanging in the balance, Bilic is expected to use his senior players on Thursday to leave nothing to chance.
West Ham, who beat NK Domzale 4-2 on aggregate in the previous round, know a one-goal win or a 0-0 draw will be enough to secure their passage into the Europa League group stages.
Bilic is currently without several senior players including Andre Ayew, Aaron Cresswell and Andy Carroll.
In other West Ham team news, Bilic has confirmed that the club still want to make one more quality signing this summer.