West Ham reached new heights in one of Europe’s competitions last season, and they have not relinquished their strength in the Europa League last season.
The Hammers struggled a bit in the Premier League last season despite their achievement in Europe. However, they made a different start to the season this time around with a couple of good wins.

David Moyes’ side started the season with a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth before beating Chelsea 3-1 at the London Stadium on match day two. Lucas Paqueta. Michail Antonio and defender Nayef Aguerd were the goal scorers in the statement win. 

After that incredible performance against the Blues, the Hammers won 3-1 on the road at Brighton. It was a defensive masterclass from the Hammers, with a number of Premier League fans not expecting that result. It was another good showing from James Ward-Prowse once again, while forward Michail Antonio scored in back-to-back games. 

Just before the international break, the Hammers traveled to Luton Town, and they came away with all three points despite the strong effort of the hosts. It was an expected result considering the poor start of the newly promoted side. Afterward, West Ham hosted champions Manchester City at the London Stadium after the resumption of league football. Despite a strong first-half display, the Hammers fell 3-1 to Pep Guardiola’s side. 

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By virtue of winning the Europa Conference League last season, West Ham United was handed a pass into the Europa League. The Hammers came from a goal down to beat Backa Topola 3-1 on match day one and then Freiburg 2-1 on match day two – extending their fine run in Europe.

In the Carabao Cup, the Hammers also edged Lincoln to reach the last 16, and then they defeated Arsenal in a comprehensive performance to book their spot in the final eight. Back in the Premier League, they got a home win against Sheffield United, a draw against Newcastle, and defeats at Liverpool and Aston Villa. Generally, results have been mixed since mid-October, and Moyes will be keen to finish the year on a strong note.

On the other hand, Freiburg’s season has been mixed despite a strong start in which they won their first two Bundesliga games of the season against Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim before being humbled 5-0 at Stuttgart in their third game of the campaign. 

That first defeat of the season was followed by another home loss at the hands of Borussia Dortmund – a game they led 2-1 at the break. In their first UEFA Europa League game of the season, Breisgau-Brasilianer defeated Olympiacos 3-2 to begin their season before suffering a 2-1 to West Ham at home. 

Before the game against the Hammers, the result against the Greek side helped them avoid them in their next two games in the Bundesliga as they drew goalless with Frankfurt before beating Augsburg at home. After the defeat to the English side, Bayern handed them a 3-0 bashing before returning to winning ways against Bochum and TSC in their third Europa League game.

Freiburg then lost to Bayer Leverkusen in the league before Paderborn knocked them out in the DFB Pokal. A spirited draw against Monchengladbach then followed before a comprehensive 5-0 mauling of TSC to stay within touching distance of West Ham at the top of the log.


It is essentially a fight between the two sides for who will finish top of the group, and the Hammers, who have won all home games this term, will be keen to finish strongly and avoid playing extra games in the round of 32.


Match Tickets

This epic match at London Stadium in London kicks off on Thursday, 14th December, at 9 PM UK time, and it will be shown live on TNT Sports, with coverage starting from around 8 PM.

This is the final group game for the hosts at home, and they are up against one of the sides fighting to book their spot in the next round. 

Getting tickets for West Ham United vs Freiburg tickets should be fine despite the kind of opposition. However, you are advised to search ticket reselling sites should they be expectedly sold out on each club’s channels. 


Team News

Line-Ups

West Ham have been fortunate to have a fit squad for this early stages of the season. Aaron Cresswell and Ben Johnson are nearing their returns to fitness and have a chance of being involved in the squad for this Europa League clash. 

West Ham United: Fabianski, Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson, Ward-Prowse, Alvarez, Soucek, Paqueta, Bowen, Antonio.

Freiburg have a number of players out injured, and it may have contributed to the way their season has gone thus far. Attacking midfielder Daniel-Kofi Kyereh suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in February and has not returned as of the time of writing; defender Max Rosenfelder is not expected back until the end of the year, while Christian Gunter broke his arm in late August, and Roland Sallai could return to make an appearance in this match.

Freiburg: Atubolu; Sildillia, Ginter, Lienhart; Sallai, Rohl, Eggestein, Kubler; Doan, Holer, Grito.


Prediction

West Ham United could be in better form going into this contest, but they will be keen to rely on their strong form in Europe – the Hammers have lost just once in their past 19 games.

Just like their hosts on Thursday night, Freiburg’s form is not the best, but they have done well to give themselves a chance of reaching the final 32. As of the time of writing, they have only lost once in this competition, and the reverse fixture was quite entertaining.

One thing fans should expect is an interesting game filled with goals and a bit of change in the squad because eyes will be set on the next round of the competition. 


West Ham United 2-1 Freiburg 

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