David Moyes has named his West Ham starting XI to face Eintracht Frankfurt tonight in their Europa League semi-final second leg at the Deutsche Bank Arena.
Several Hammers stars including Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek were rested for Sunday’s Premier League defeat to Arsenal though both are straight back into the lineup to face Frankfurt this evening. David Moyes welcomed back Issa Diop to the matchday squad at the Emirates after he recently returned from an ankle injury while Ben Johnson is also back after a recent thigh problem.
West Ham’s first change from the weekend comes in goal as Lukasz Fabianski sits out for Alphonse Areola. The Frenchman has been first choice between the sticks for Moyes in Europe and has already kept five clean sheets in the competition, including in both the last-16 and quarter-final second legs against Sevilla and Lyon, respectively.
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Ahead of him, Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson partner each other at centre-back. The latter was suspended for the league visit to Arsenal but returns once again with Zouma who was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI for the first leg. Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell complete the back four as they did last week at the London Stadium.
In midfield, Declan Rice partners Soucek. The Czech spoke in the build-up to the game tonight that he and his teammates desperately needed to step up their performance levels from the first leg and be ready for anything in Frankfurt.
Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen then create a three-pronged attack sitting just behind Antonio. The quartet didn’t click together as well as Moyes would have hoped for in the first leg, though Antonio did score their own goal by tapping home at the back post following Zouma’s cutback across the box.
Regardless, the West Ham boss can call upon several substitutes to try and force a goal if needed, with Said Benrahma coming off the bench last week to good effect and named on the sidelines once again this evening. Moyes also has Andriy Yarmolenko, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral should he wish to switch up his attack, while Diop, Arthur Masuaku, Ryan Fredericks and Vladimir Coufal are among the defensive reinforcements.
West Ham XI: Areola, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Lanzini, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio.
Substitutes: Fabianski, Randolph, Alese, Johnson, Masuaku, Fredericks, Diop, Noble, Kral, Vlasic, Benrahma, Yarmolenko,
Source by Football London