Done: Eintracht Frankfurt meets West Ham United in the Europa League semi-final. Entertainment in the stadium will not be like in Barcelona, and the opponent is a completely different caliber. Are the signs still pointing to the Final? The most important questions and answers.
Eintracht Frankfurt faces West Ham United from the Premier League in the Europa League semi-finals. The first match will take place on Thursday (from 21:00 at Live audio streaming) at the former London Olympic Stadium. No one likes to finally judge who is the favorite. The most important questions and answers about the first part at a glance:
Are there any injured or trapped?
Two are definitely missing: Evan N’Dicka and Kristijan Jakic. The Frenchman received an unnecessary yellow-red card in the return match in Barcelona with the last action of the game and is therefore missing for the Hessians in London. Jakic is absent due to suspension with a yellow card.
Midfielder Djibril Sow’s engine will surely be there. The Swiss was allowed to play again for a few minutes against Hoffenheim at the weekend for the first time after he had stretched the inner ligament in his knee and probably has to grit his teeth against West Ham. Is 90 minutes enough? Open minded.
How will Eintracht appear?
N’Dicka’s failure forces coach Oliver Glaser to change his defensive line again. The Austrian has two variants, as he has previously discovered. Option number one: Makoto Hasebe crosses the defensive line and Martin Hinteregger takes on the role of N’Dicka. However, the powerful Austrian would be absent from the center in the clash with West Ham striker Michail Antonio.
Option number two: Almamy Touré jumps for N’Dicka in position. This would reduce the rotation to a minimum, but then no left foot would play in this position, which could hinder the rising game. Glasner has to make a decision. As already mentioned, Sow will most likely return to midfield and replace Jakic. Captain Sebastian Rode is set anyway. Therefore, the difference in staff is not so great here.
How did Eintracht arrive?
On the usual principle. As in the return match in Barcelona, no field training took place on Wednesday, the final training took place in the city forest at noon. Shortly afterwards the plane went to the English capital. Principle: do not waste any unnecessary time.
How is West Ham going?
It is not that easy to say. In the Premier League, the Hammers rested six regular players against city rivals Chelsea at the weekend and narrowly lost to third-place teams. Previously, they had only drawn against the team dropped by Burnley in front of their home crowd. So the shape of the last few days has been quite mixed.
Overall, however, the Londoners are playing a strong season – unlike Eintracht, not just in the European Cup. West Ham are seventh in the Premier League with four games to go. Ahead of coach David Moyes’s team are just six big clubs from England: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Now who is the favorite?
This is also a very good question. If Eintracht was still a clear foreigner against FC Barcelona and could make themselves comfortable in that role, things are different at West Ham. There must be two extremely close matches between two very similar teams. A classic 50/50 affair.
Eintracht sporting director Markus Krösche sees it that way. “You always have two good teams in the semifinals. “Even if it is just a cliché: It is a 50/50 game,” said the 41-year-old. West Ham manager David Moyes agrees. “I do not know if we can be pushed into the role of favorites. It will be a very interesting duel.” But it also means that Eintracht has a chance to reach the final.
Unfortunately, no. The game has been on sale for over a week. Nearly 60,000 spectators fit into the former London Olympic Stadium, tickets for areas outside the guest curve were only available to West Ham fans. The Hammers want to prevent the resale as rigorously as Eintracht did against Barcelona.
If tickets are displayed on online sales platforms or otherwise offered to Frankfurters, sellers will be banned from the stadium, the club had previously announced. “Will everyone come to the stadium? It will be close,” Krösche fears in advance. So ticketless Eintracht fans need to be creative to get into the stadium. And here you have to pay attention to a few things …
What should fans expect at the stadium?
Because: There is no such thing as a fan festival like the Camp Nou with almost 30,000 Hessian supporters, but there are other things that will be different in London. The Hammers have already announced that they will remove Eintracht fans from neutral areas from the stadium if they feel comfortable.
Only on the Frankfurt block, packed with 3,000 Eintracht supporters, is it possible to wear your fan colors offensively. Elsewhere you have to stick. Keyword: zero tolerance policy. Frankfurt fans will be denied access to the neutral area at the entrance to the stadium. There will be no Catalan composure in London on Thursday. But Krösche remains optimistic: “I hope we get similar support.”
How is the weather in London?
Hazy – but not so bad. Typically British. The day of the match is supposed to be cloudy, but the sunlight passes it occasionally. And there will be no rain. Temperatures: up to 15 degrees during the day, then eleven degrees at the beginning of the game. There has been worse weather in London, without question.
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