West Ham welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to London for the first leg of their Europa League semifinal. Both teams come into the game focused on Europe, vying for a spot in the final in Seville. The winner of the Europa League trophy also receives a berth to the lucrative Champions League next season.
West Ham will consider themselves unlucky to have lost to Chelsea in Premier League action last time out, conceding late to lose 1-0. The Hammers aren’t in great form, having won two of their last seven, although one of those wins was a 3-0 victory in Lyon in the decisive second leg of their quarterfinal in this competition.
Eintracht Frankfurt (9th in the Bundesliga) are in a similar position to West Ham (7th in Premier League). They’ve won one from their last four, with that mixed spell preceded by a run of five consecutive draws. However, a famous victory at Barcelona’s Nou Camp shows what they’re capable of, and David Moyes will know his team can’t underestimate their visitors.
This is sure to be a tightly contested affair, with neither side wanting the series to get away from them before the second leg.
How to watch West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt
|Date||Thur, April 28||Thur, April 28||Thur, April 28||Fri, April 29|
|Time||20:00||15:00 ET||15:00 ET||05:00 AET|
|TV channel||BT Sport 1||TUDN||—||—|
|Streaming||BT Sport||fuboTV, Paramount+||DAZN||Stan Sport|
UK: The match will be available on BT Sport 1 and streamed on BT Sport platforms.
USA: In the US, the match will be televised by TUDN and that channel is streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial to new subscribers. Paramount+ will have the English-language stream.
Canada: In Canada, every Europa League game streams live on DAZN.
Australia: Stan Sport carries all Europa League action in Australia.
West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt predicted lineups
West Ham go into this game with just one fit centre back, Craig Dawson. With injuries keeping out Issa Diop, Kurt Zouma, and Angelo Ogbonna. Dawson is expected to be flanked by Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell.
The three centre backs are the only expected absences for Moyes’s team, with Declan Rice and Michail Antonio among the players who Hammers fans will be counting on. Alphonse Areola has been West Ham’s goalkeeper for European matches.
West Ham predicted lineup (3-4-2-1): Areola (GK) — Johnson, Dawson, Cresswell — Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Masuaku — Bowen, Fornals — Antonio
Eintracht manager Oliver Glasner has a few concerns, with Kristijan Jakic and Evan Ndicka both suspended. Tuta is expected to feature along the backline as he returns from suspension, while Makoto Hasebe is likely to start on the left of the back three.
If healthy, Djibril Sow should also take part from the start. He’ll likely partner Sebastian Rode in midfield.
Eintracht Frankfurt predicted lineup (3-4-2-1): Trapp (GK) — Tuta, Hinteregger, Hasebe — Knauff, Sow, Rode, Kostic — Kamada, Lindstrom — Borre
West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt betting odds
West Ham are touted as the favourites going into the first leg, and David Moyes will look for his side to maximise home advantage and take control of the series.
With both teams facing defensive reshuffles, and West Ham only having one recognised centre back, it’s interesting that the bookmakers are juicing the under entering the match.
|West Ham win||10/11||-105||1.88|
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||10/11||-105 / -120||1.94 / 1.84|
|Both teams to score (Yes/No)||8/11||-130 / +100||1.74 / 1.86|