West Ham v Eintracht Frankfurt: Europa League live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds
West Ham’s first run in European competition for a generation sees them face familiar foes in the Europa League semi-final as Eintracht Frankfurt travel to east London in a repeat of the semi-final of the 1976 Cup Winners’ Cup. On this day the English side emerged victorious in one of the greatest nights in history at West Ham’s former Boleyn Ground (they would eventually lose the final to Anderlecht) and this match is sure to go down in the annals of their new turf for a long time if they are successful.
David Moyes is certainly putting his all into this competition and rested a string of key players for the weekend loss to Chelsea. He knows his team will face a tough test against Frankfurt, winners of Barcelona in the quarter-finals and playing in their third Europa League knockout round in the past four years. Here’s how you can watch the game and what you need to know:
- Date: Thursday April 28 | Weather: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: London Stadium — London
- Direct: Paramount+
- Odds: West Ham -110; Draw +250; Eintracht Frankfurt +300 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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West Ham: Although fans were more than happy with the only centre-back they are certain to have available for Thursday’s game – they don’t call him Ballon D’awson for nothing – their defensive options should be seriously stretched at the London stadium with only Craig Dawson available. Both Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop are out for the remainder of the season while Kurt Zouma faces a race against time to play any role in the tie.
In the loss to Chelsea, Moyes surrounded Dawson with full-backs Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell in a back three, which seems to be the most likely approach for Thursday with the manager understandably reluctant to drop Declan Rice from the midfield position. of land where it is among the best in the world.
Eintracht Frankfurt: The German club’s social media account certainly doesn’t skimp on offering scoreboard material to their opponents, who they described as “a club in the shadow of London heavyweights enjoying a recent boom “. Frankfurt, meanwhile, is no giant itself and would describe itself as a ‘middle-class club’, although it could bring 30,000 traveling supporters to the Camp Nou, where they famously won the of the second leg of their quarter-final. Unsurprisingly, West Ham have put in place strict measures in a bid to prevent the London stadium from becoming the sea of white shirts that was Catalan soil.
Frankfurt appear to have a game to suit this competition with devastating transition play from Filip Kostic, Daichi Kamada and Rafael Borre set to disrupt the Hammers defence.
Their weakened backline will do well to withstand the pressure, but the sheer will of the London Stadium could well carry West Ham through the line in the first leg. TO TAKE: West Ham 2, Eintracht Frankfurt 1
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