Eintracht Frankfurt take on the visitors West Ham in the second leg of UEFA Europa League semifinals. The first leg result: 2-1. The match will be played on Thursday, May 5th at Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt).
Eintracht’s average results in domestic league compensated by success in the Europa League. They were able to win their group with Fenerbahce, Antwerp and Olympiacos. Then, most importantly, they almost made a misfire already in the 1/8 finals, when, having won in Seville against Betis, at the very end of the home match they allowed the Spaniards to even the score. And if not for an own goal, we would have had to take a penalty – and this is always a lottery. But then Eintracht dealt with Barcelona itself! At home, the Catalans were allowed to recoup, but then they won 3-2 at the Camp Nou. And in London on Thursday there was 1 more victory. These 2-1 allow at home to play for a draw – that was enough to go further.
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West Ham had previously received a pass to European competitions, but mostly they were in a hurry to get rid of this burden, finishing in the qualification. Now it turned out even with a non-optimal line-up to win their group. In the spring, the Hammers were already able to deal with 2 difficult and experienced opponents, and they broke the situation in the second leg. First, West Ham, losing 0-1 in Spain, scored 2 unanswered goals in London (with the decisive ball by Yarmolenko, who played well on the rebound). Then, having played in the minority at home with Lyon, the British won quite calmly in France. Now there will be the most difficult task, because on April 28 it was 1-2 at home.
West Ham have never played in European competition before. So last Thursday the sides played each other for the first time. Eintracht Frankfurt have injured Ramay and, most importantly, Santos Borre. West Ham remain without Issa Diop and Ogbonna. Bookmakers give a slight advantage to Eintracht that plays at home. But West Ham are definitely going to Frankfurt am Main as an extra – it’s worth taking a closer look at the option with a bet on «both to score»