West Ham United vs. Freiburg

West Ham United vs. Freiburg Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

West Ham United and Freiburg face off in a critical Europa League clash on Thursday, both teams vying for the top spot in Group A and a place in the last 16, despite having already secured progression to the knockout stages.

Match Preview

David Moyes, accustomed to managing packed schedules, faced a challenging period with a stomach bug affecting his squad last week, resulting in a heavy 5-0 defeat to Fulham following their impressive win against Tottenham Hotspur.

While West Ham has already secured qualification for the last 32, they aim to top their group and advance further in the tournament, aiming for successive seasons of European success.

Although a draw would suffice, Moyes is seeking an improved performance after a narrow 1-0 win over Backa Topola in their previous European outing.

Contrastingly, Freiburg, after thrashing Olympiacos 5-0, are determined to clinch victory against West Ham to secure the group’s top spot, having been level on points with their upcoming opponents since their defeat to West Ham in Germany.

While sitting eighth in the Bundesliga, Freiburg enters the contest in fine form with consecutive 1-0 victories against Mainz 05 and Wolfsburg in the league.

Team News

West Ham’s starting lineup might be affected due to the recent stomach bug. Moyes may consider returning Emerson Palmieri and Said Benrahma in defense and attack, respectively, and Edson Alvarez might feature in midfield if fit.

Alphonse Areola might replace Lukasz Fabianski in goal if recovered, but Michail Antonio remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Freiburg might field the same lineup that secured a significant win against Wolfsburg, with Michael Gregoritsch in good form, having scored five goals in three matches.

Possible Lineups

West Ham United: (4-2-3-1)

Fabianski;

Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Palmieri;

Alvarez, Ward-Prowse;

Kudus, Soucek, Paqueta;

Bowen

Freiburg: (4-4-1-1)

Atubolu;

Sildillia, Ginter, Lienhart, Makengo;

Doan, Eggestein, Hofler, Grifo;

Rohl;

Gregoritsch

Prediction: West Ham United 2-2 Freiburg

Considering West Ham’s recent health issues, the match might be challenging for them. However, expecting an engaging encounter, both teams may share the spoils, allowing West Ham to maintain their top position in the group.

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