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- East London club hosts a sell-out tie against the shock German conquerors of Barcelona at 3:00 pm ET on Thursday
- West Ham has overcome Sevilla and Lyon to make a surprise journey to a repeat of the 1976 ECWC semifinal
- See all odds, best bets and predictions for West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League Semifinals Leg 1
An extraordinary adventure in the Europa League continues in the clash of West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the semifinal first leg on Thursday.
Both teams have pulled off unexpected results to reach this stage of the competition.
Firstly, West Ham eliminated the tournament’s most successful club, Sevilla – and experienced European outfit Lyon.
Meanwhile, Frankfurt knocked out mighty Barcelona at the quarterfinal stage.
West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt Odds
|West Ham United||-109|
Odds as of April 27 at Barstool Sportsbook
West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt is the home side’s biggest occasion since they moved to the London Stadium in 2016.
Furthermore, it is a re-run of one of the most storied nights in the east London outfit’s history.
In 1976, West Ham defeated Frankfurt 3-1 at its old home at Upton Park in the semifinal second leg of the now-defunct European Cup Winners Cup – following a 2-1 setback in Germany.
This has created a huge buzz around the match.
It was the last time West Ham United reached a European semifinal although it subsequently lost 4-2 in the final against Anderlecht.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) April 27, 2022
Over/Under and Spread
It looks like the oddsmakers are expecting goals with a limited price of -104 for Over 2.5 in the Europa League odds for this match. Meanwhile, the spread offer for West Ham to win by two goals or more is +275 on the Asian Handicap at -1.5.
Now, both teams head into this sell-out West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt tie in indifferent domestic form; with the prospect of winning this trophy offering a route into the Champions League next season.
Prediction for West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt
At Barstool Sportsbook, West Ham is significantly favored for a home win at -109.
Meanwhile, Frankfurt is priced at a wide +320 with the draw at +245.
In England’s Premier League, West Ham is currently in seventh place.
Frankfurt, moreover, is ninth in Germany’s Bundesliga.
However, West Ham’s hopes of securing a European qualification place have been put in jeopardy recently with four defeats in the past seven EPL fixtures.
West Ham inflicted a hostile, horrible night on frightened Frankfurt in 1976 in their greatest Boleyn Ground win… replicate that and David Moyes’s side could become immortal https://t.co/DVdoyU5pVj
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) April 27, 2022
The most recent came by 1-0 at Chelsea last Sunday. After Hammers’ defender, Craig Dawson, was sent off, goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski saved a penalty from Jorginho.
However, Christian Pusilic then scored a 90th-minute winner for Chelsea.
Craig Dawson Scoring Odds
Centre-back Dawson is available for West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt and is a regular threat at set-pieces.
He got the first goal from a corner in the 3-0 defeat of Lyon in the last eight, second-leg tie earlier this month.
Eintracht Frankfurt president Peter Fischer has claimed that taking on West Ham United in the Europa League semi-finals tie will be a more difficult challenge than the one they had in the previous round against Spanish giants Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/R91s7y3StY
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) April 27, 2022
That certainly makes the very wide prop offer for him to get on the score sheet highly attractive.
At + 800 simply to score, he offers very good value. At +1900 to be the first on target, another attractive option awaits.
West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt Statistics
*Statistics from UEL 2021-22.
Similarly, midfielder Tomas Soucek is also a set-piece threat and is well-priced at +380 to score.
Furthermore, Jarrod Bowen has three UEL goals this season and is a good option at +225 to strike again.
David Moyes’ West Ham team finished top of its Europa League group.
Subsequently, it defeated Sevilla 2-0 at home after losing 1-0 in Spain.
Finally, a 1-1 draw at home against Lyon was followed by a huge 3-0 win in France – with Dawson, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen getting the goals.
The Hammers have good home form in the UEL with three wins, one draw and one defeat.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 27, 2022
Frankfurt has won just once in its last nine games in all competitions.
However, that win was its epic 3-2 victory at Barcelona’s Nou Camp in the last eight-round second-leg – following a 1-1 home draw.
A Filip Kostic penalty and a further strike from Rafael Borre gave Frankfurt a 2-0 lead. Kostic then scored again.
Then, subsequently, in a storming finish, Sergio Busquets hit home a penalty for Barca and Memphis Depay added another – but the Germans held on for a famous win.
Moreover, its’ away form in the UEL is very impressive with four wins and one draw. It is the only completely undefeated side left in the tournament.
It drew 2-2 at home against Hoffenheim in its most recent game last Saturday.
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) April 27, 2022
Frankfurt also finished top of its group before despatching Real Betis in the last 16.
A 2-1 win in Spain was followed by a 1-1 draw at home.
The Colombian Borre is Frankfurt’s leading scorer with eight goals, which is not overly prolific.
Eintracht Frankfurt expect thousands of German fans to travel again in the hope of inspiring another away victory, like the shock win at Barcelona, for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg at West Ham. Read more: https://t.co/iPNMZb2osp pic.twitter.com/CZnPjmdzSF
— The Namibian (@TheNamibian) April 27, 2022
West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt Potential Line-Ups and Injuries
West Ham United potential starting lineup: Areola; Johnson, Dawson, Cresswell; Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Masuaku; Fornals, Bowen; Antonio
Injuries: Diop, Ogbonna, Zouma
Eintracht Frankfurt potential starting lineup: Trapp; Tuta, Hinteregger, Hasebe; Knauff, Sow, Rode, Kostic; Kamada, Lindstrom; Borre
Injuries: Jakic, Ramaj
West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt Pick
The leading goal-getter in Europe is the Japanese midfielder Daichi Kamada who has struck four times.
He also offers good value to score on Thursday at a price of + 450.
In conclusion, however, West Ham will seek to capitalize on home advantage. And Dawson could be the man to get a goal that will help their cause.
Pick: Craig Dawson to Score (+800)