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Eintracht Frankfurt vs West Ham Europa League semi-final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, confirmed 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 semi-final second leg between Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham.

 Declan Rice in training with West Ham
Declan Rice in training with West Ham Getty Images

Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham meet in the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday 5 May.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs West Ham at a glance

When: Thursday 5 May (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Frankfurt Stadion, Frankfurt am Main
What: UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg
How it stands: Frankfurt lead 2-1 after the first leg
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here

Where to watch Frankfurt vs West Ham on TV

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

What happened in the first leg?

Highlights: West Ham 1-2 Frankfurt
Highlights: West Ham 1-2 Frankfurt

Ansgar Knauff headed Frankfurt in front after 51 seconds in London but Michail Antonio managed to level after 21 minutes and the Hammers' turned up the pressure for the remainder of the half. Oliver Glasner's side showed admirable calmness, though, with Daichi Kamada tucking away a 54th-minute rebound to earn them a win. Kamada also hit the post, along with West Ham's Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen.

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Starting line-ups

Frankfurt: Trapp; Tuta, Hinteregger, N'Dicka; Knauff, Sow, Rode, Kostić; Hauge, Borré, Kamada.

West Ham: Areola; Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Souček, Rice, Fornals; Bowen, Antonio, Lanzini.

Form guide

Frankfurt 
Form (all competitions, most recent first): LWDLWL
Where they stand: 11th in German Bundesliga

West Ham
Form (all competitions, most recent first): LLLDWL
Where they stand: 7th in English Premier League

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.

Expert predictions

Steffen Potter, Frankfurt reporter
It seems unlikely that Jesper Lindstrøm will be available, and his pace and skill will certainly be missed. In defence, it is likely that Almamy Touré would replace Martin Hinteregger should he not recover in time for Thursday. Even though the Eagles won the first leg, the tie is still delicately poised at 50-50. While Eintracht showed that they are able to hurt West Ham, the reverse also applies; the Premier League outfit put Frankfurt under intense pressure in the final phase of the match and will do so again this week.

Matthew Howarth, West Ham reporter
West Ham, by David Moyes’ own admission, didn’t show enough quality at London Stadium, but they could have won on another day considering Bowen was twice denied by the woodwork. All is not lost in the Hammers’ quest to reach a first European final in 46 years, particularly as the Bundesliga side have won only one of their last ten home games in all competitions.

What the coaches say

Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner speaking ahead of the second leg
Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner speaking ahead of the second legGetty Images

Oliver Glasner, Frankfurt coach: "With our fans behind us, we're going for a win from the first second, and our approach has to be to challenge their defence. We need an even better performance than in the first leg."

David Moyes, West Ham manager: "I don't think I learnt anything new about Frankfurt [from the first leg] because I knew about the style they play in. I thought the two teams were quite even on the night. We may see something different tomorrow night, but we think we've got as good an opportunity as them. We have to chase the game because we're one goal down, but in the same breath, they're the ones who have to protect it."

Where is the 2022 Europa League final?

Sevilla'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.