West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt is one of the first two legs of the semi-finals of the European Cup/Europa League 2021/22. This competition took place at London Stadium.
In theory, West Ham promises to become the more appreciated team thanks to the home field advantage. However, things are not so simple.
Coach David Moyes and his associates clearly have reason to worry. The Hammers did not have all the best players in the reception of the representative of the Bundesliga.
Indeed, West Ham lacks all three central defenders who regularly play this season: Issa Diop, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna. Also because of the lack of central defender, Mr. Moyes had to let The Hammers play with a 3 defender pattern in the recent match with Chelsea.
Even though West Ham only lost with a score of 0-1, it was a match where The Hammers were completely “under” The Blues. West Ham only controlled the ball 33% and made only 6 shots. In the opposite direction, The Hammers let The Blues own up to 67% of the ball and launched a total of 25 ending situations.
The 3 defender diagram is really strange to West Ham. Before the match against Chelsea, The Hammers this season rarely let their opponents ‘bombard’ their goal so much.
The three defenders are likely to continue to be used by coach David Moyes when West Ham welcomes Eintracht Frankfurt. Eintracht Frankfurt this season also often starts with a 3 defender scheme, but the way the Bundesliga representative operates is much ‘smooth’.
Using the same 3 defenders, but perhaps West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt are aimed at different purposes. The Hammers are mainly defensive and the German club is probably looking for goals.
Although West Ham encountered difficulties, it was not easy for Eintracht Frankfurt to triumph. Reason: The Hammers are hard to bully at home. At home, West Ham won against Sevilla and drew with Lyon when they had to play with 10 players during the second half.
The first leg between West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt therefore promises to end with a draw.