It was a soul-sapping Europa League semi-final first leg at the London Stadium for West Ham last week as Eintracht Frankfurt professionally took them apart, winning 2-1 on the night in front of their boisterous and bouncing travelling fans, but David Moyes knows his side have the capacity to turn the tie on its head.
The Hammers trailed 1-0 against Sevilla in the last-16 and came through 2-1 on aggregate in the second leg, so Frankfurt’s place in the Andalusian showpiece later this month is certainly not a foregone conclusion. They did, though, look extremely good in east London last Thursday, as you’d expect of a European semi-finalist.
The domestic form of Oliver Glasner’s men may be questionable and wavering, but on the continental scene the Eagles have been simply formidable, still unbeaten in the Europa League this campaign having famously claimed the scalp of Barcelona at the Camp Nou, then travelling to London and beating West Ham.
It remains a delicately-poised contest, but Frankfurt will believe their first-leg showing demonstrated enough tactical nous and resilience from their part to not let West Ham come back into this contest. Moyes, though, will use that Sevilla turnaround earlier this campaign for inspiration to bounce back in Germany.
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Eintracht Frankfurt vs West Ham match stats
Filip Kostic could well prove the creative difference-maker here. He has created more chances following a carry (moving 5+ metres with the ball) than any other player in the Europa League this season (9). In fact, the Serbian has created the second-most chances of any player (22), behind only Ricardo Horta of Braga (29).
Daichi Kamada is another Frankfurt player who enters this second leg in good form. The Japan international has been directly involved in 14 goals in 18 starts for Frankfurt in the Europa League (11 goals and three assists), including scoring or assisting in all three knockout stage rounds for the German side this season (against Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham).
Eintracht Frankfurt vs West Ham: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 West Ham
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It was a hard-fought battle at the London Stadium last week, in which the woodwork was hit four times by both clubs combined. In the end it was the visitors who stole the show, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Borussia Dortmund loanee Ansgar Knauff and Daichi Kamada, cancelling out Michail Antonio’s equaliser.