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West Ham vs Lyon Europa League quarter-final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg between West Ham and Lyon.

Said Benrahma talks to team-mates during West Ham's Wednesday training session
Said Benrahma talks to team-mates during West Ham's Wednesday training session PA Images via Getty Images

West Ham and Lyon meet in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday 7 April.

West Ham vs Lyon at a glance

When: Thursday 7 April (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: London Stadium, London
What: UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg (second leg 14 April)
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Semi-final opponents: Frankfurt or Barcelona

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Where to watch West Ham vs Lyon on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Europa League broadcast partner(s) here.

What do you need to know?

All of West Ham's Europa League goals
All of West Ham's Europa League goals

Having eliminated final hosts Sevilla in the last round, West Ham are feeling positive, and will hope to make home advantage count, having conceded only once at the London Stadium in this season's UEFA Europa League. Lyon have yet to win in three previous games in London (D1 L2), but are on a run of five straight away victories in UEFA competition.

Possible starting line-ups

West Ham: Areola; Fredericks, Dawson, Zouma, Creswell; Souček, Rice; Bowen, Fornals; Benrahma; Antonio
Suspended
: Lanzini
Misses next game if booked: Rice

All Lyon's Europa League goals
All Lyon's Europa League goals

Lyon: Lopes; Gusto, Boateng, Lukeba, Emerson; Mendes, Ndombélé; Tetê, Lucas Paqueta, Aouar, Dombélé
Suspended: none
Misses next game if booked: Boateng, Dubois, Lukeba

Form guide

West Ham
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first): WLWWL
Where they stand: 6th in Premier League

Lyon
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first): WDDLW
Where they stand: 9th in Ligue 1

Expert predictions

Joe Terry, match reporter
Confidence is rising in West Ham’s camp after their historic comeback win in the round of 16 second leg against Sevilla. Manager David Moyes has spoken about bringing top opposition to the London Stadium in this tournament and their reward for beating the six-time UEFA Cup and UEFA Euopa League winners is a meeting with French giants Lyon. The return of forward Jarrod Bowen provides a huge boost for the Hammers, as the Englishman will cover for Manuel Lanzini's absence through suspension.

Away goals rule abolished

There has been a rule change for 2021/22: ties level after the second leg will go to extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required, irrespective of the number of away goals a team has scored.

What the coaches say

David Moyes, West Ham manager: "It's really important to try and not lose tomorrow. The difference [in the round of 16] in Seville was we knew we had a target. The difference with this is we're just about to kick off. They won't know a great deal about us, we don't know a great deal about them. In the first game we want to try and play but also be mindful there's another game to come after."

Peter Bosz, Lyon coach: "West Ham are having a very good season with positive results at home. They are doing things together. We have faced some good teams in our league too, and we had a good result in Porto. We are here to win this game."

Where is the 2022 Europa League final?

Seville's Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium will stage the final on Wednesday 18 May.

The winners gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.