West Ham v Eintracht Frankfurt Live commentary and team news: Hammers captain Noble dreaming of ‘incredible’ Europa League triumph to end playing career ahead of semi-final


West Ham are in their first European semi-final since 1976 as they host Eintracht Frankfurt this week.

The Hammers entertain the German side at a sold-out London stadium for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.

West Ham beat Lyon in the Europa League quarter-finals
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David Moyes has already proven that West Ham’s priorities lie in this competition by resting his big hitters for their London derby loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

Frankfurt are ninth in the Bundesliga but knocked out favorites Barcelona in the last round.

West Ham v Eintracht Frankfurt: talkSPORT commentary

This clash in the Europa League will take place on Thursday, April 28.

talkSPORT will have live coverage of the semi-final first leg at the London Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 8pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will be your presenter while commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former West Ham defender Alvin Martin.

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West Ham v Eintracht Frankfurt Live commentary and team news: Hammers captain Noble dreaming of 'incredible' Europa League triumph to end playing career ahead of semi-final
Noble has the chance to sign off his West Ham career with European glory
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West Ham v Eintracht Frankfurt: Team News

The hosts have been struggling with an injury crisis in defence, with Issa Diop, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna all sidelined.

However, Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio are all fit and eager to go after resting against Chelsea.

West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is expected to keep his place between the sticks in Europe ahead of Lukasz Fabianski.

Frankfurt, meanwhile, will have to make at least two changes with Evan N’Dicka and Kristijan Jakic both suspended.

West Ham v Eintracht Frankfurt Live commentary and team news: Hammers captain Noble dreaming of 'incredible' Europa League triumph to end playing career ahead of semi-final
Frankfurt picked up a huge victory over Barcelona at the Camp Nou to seal a semi-final clash with West Ham
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West Ham v Eintracht Frankfurt: what was said?

“Even what’s happened up to this point, for my last season, to do what we’ve done [has been incredible]West Ham captain Noble told Standard Sport.

“Even if you take away the Europa League, we beat Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time in 15 years, [beaten] Man City at home in the cup on penalties and I myself have played a lot in the Europa League.

“I’ve been involved in most of them, so it’s been an amazing season for me. It would be nice to come out on a high.

Noble added: “Of course you do (dream).

“People who say they don’t are liars because it naturally goes through your head, the idea of ​​winning the Europa League.

“But there are three games left to play, so we deal with Thursday first. Then obviously we play Arsenal and then Frankfurt away, so it’s a huge two weeks.

West Ham v Eintracht Frankfurt: Match facts

  • West Ham have scored the most goals via crosses (five) as well as the most headed goals (five) of any Europa League side this season. Two of those goals were assisted by Aaron Cresswell in dead-ball situations – only Rangers full-back James Tavernier has assisted so many goals in such situations this season.
  • Daichi Kamada scored 10 goals in 20 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt in Europe, with only Bernd Hölzenbein (18), Tony Yeboah (12) and Bernd Nickel (12) scoring more goals for the club in major European competitions (excluding qualifiers) ). Kamada has scored as many away goals in 10 Europa League appearances as he has scored in 45 away appearances in the German Bundesliga (4).
  • David Moyes is the first Scottish manager to reach the UEFA Cup/Europa League semi-final since 2007-08, when Walter Smith led Rangers to the final.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 Europa League matches, conceding each of the last eight games in a row. Although they have conceded eight consecutive games, they remain unbeaten in those matches – they are the first team in Europa League history to concede eight or more consecutive games without being beaten.
  • West Ham reached the semi-final of a major competition for the first time since 2013-14, when they lost 0-9 on aggregate to Manchester City in the League Cup. David Moyes’ last semi-final came in the other League Cup semi-final that season, as his Manchester United side were knocked out by Sunderland.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt are the fourth team to reach the Europa League semi-finals still unbeaten after appearing in the group stages – two of the previous three have lifted the trophy (Villarreal in 2020-21 and Chelsea in 2018-19), with only Liverpool in 2015-16 ultimately failing to win the competition.
  • West Ham’s only previous home game against Eintracht Frankfurt saw them win 3-1 at Upton Park, with Trevor Brooking scoring a brace. This game was the last time West Ham faced German opponents in Europe.
  • West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt have faced each other in European competition for the second time, with West Ham previously knocking out the German side in the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final in 1975-76.

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