WEST HAM face Sevilla tonight in their first European knockout game for over 15 years.
After escaping the group stage, David Moyes’ men face a huge task to progress into the last-eight of the Europa League against the Spanish side.
The LaLiga club is the most successful side in the competition's recent history and have won it four times in the last decade.
And that task has been made even more difficult with doubts over talisman Jarrod Bowen’s fitness after he hobbled off during Saturday’s defeat at Liverpool.
Declan Rice, who also missed that trip to Anfield, is hoping to be back with West Ham desperate to avoid a pasting like their last knockout match in Europe.
Although they would love to have had two of the superstar names that lined-up for them in that 3-0 loss at Italian side Palermo back in September 2006 available for them now.
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Back then it was Alan Pardew who was in charge of the East Londoners and they qualified for the Uefa Cup due to being FA Cup runners-up the previous season.
But their foray in the competition was short-lived as they were dumped out in the first round by Palermo.
Following a 1-0 home defeat in the first leg, Pardew opted for a more attacking line-up in the must-win second leg but it failed to make an impact.
A brace from Fabio Simplicio and a David Di Michele strike condemned them to a 3-0 defeat and a 4-0 loss on aggregate.
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Pardew handed a debut to right-back Jonathan Spector that night, while Carlos Tevez, who would go on to star for both Manchester United and City, started in attack ahead of Bobby Zamora.
This was just weeks after West Ham shocked the football world by signing the Argentine and his compatriot Javier Mascherano – who also started in midfield.
Roy Carroll was in goal as Danny Collins and Danny Gabbidon kept guard at centre-half with Paul Konchesky left-back.
Mascherano was placed alongside Lee Bowyer and Nigel Reo-Coker in a tough-tackling midfield.
And Tevez and Joe Cole were the men that ultimately failed to provide striker Marlon Harewood with the ammunition in attack.
Three substitutes also got off the bench that night for some action, with the trio all household names.
Zamora replaced Cole on the hour mark before Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun and Teddy Sheringham took the place of Harewood and Mascherano.
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