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West Ham’s Europa Conference League play-off gifts Irons first double Game Week of the season

Dream Team gaffers should be aware the first double Game Week is almost upon them.

Well, sort of.

Only one of the 20 teams are set to pull double duty in Game Week 2.

West Ham travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday for a Premier League clash before they host Viborg FF in the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off.

Given that Steve Cooper’s newly-promoted side lost their top-flight opener 2-0 to Newcastle and Viborg finished seventh in the Danish Superliga last season, this double header could be a profitable one for the Hammers.


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All eyes on West Ham in Game Week 2

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All eyes on West Ham in Game Week 2

The 11.1% of Dream Team gaffers currently backing Jarrod Bowen (£4.5m) will be hopeful of a double-digit haul this coming Game Week.

Two clean sheets would also propel Aaron Cresswell (£2.5m), Kurt Zouma (£2.5m) and company up the rankings – the former has provided his fair share of assists in recent seasons.

It will also be interesting to see how strikers Michail Antonio (£4m) and Gianluca Scamacca (£2.5m) fare when presented with two favourable fixtures.

It seems likely the pair will share the minutes which may be the case for the entire season unless one exhibits considerably better form than the other.

At this stage it’s hard for Dream Team bosses to justify selecting one or the other without a clear pecking order.

Will Bowen deliver a double-digit haul this coming Game Week?

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Will Bowen deliver a double-digit haul this coming Game Week?

Dream Team managers are yet to get a proper read on West Ham this season as their first outing was against Man City which is almost a different sport entirely at this stage.

Pep Guardiola’s side dished out a death by a thousand cuts on Sunday, registering 75% possession around Erling Haaland’s (£7m) brace.

David Moyes will be thankful to have that daunting task behind him and will be optimistic of claiming three points at the City Ground before what should be a comfortable home win on Thursday night.

The Irons play their second leg against Viborg in Game Week 3 which is also a double Game Week for 13 other Premier League clubs thanks to the second round of the EFL Cup.

Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Man United and West Ham will all enter the domestic cup at the third round.

Scamacca came off the bench against Man City on Sunday

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Scamacca came off the bench against Man City on Sunday

Double Game Weeks are always worth monitoring as it’s an undeniable fact that players with busy schedules tend to score more points than those who only operate in the Premier League.

It’s early days but using a transfer to bring in Bowen ahead of Game Week 2 could be a profitable tactic.