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Freiburg welcome West Ham to the Europa-Park Stadion for the second match in group A. The match will take place on October 5 at 17:45 GMT. Both teams managed a victory in the opening round. This contest could end up deciding the winner of the group.
Freiburg vs West Ham Europa League Team News
Freiburg head into the Europa League game against West Ham with the significant handicap of up to 5 players being unavailable. At the same time, West Ham have almost a full-strength squad heading into the game.
Manager David Moyes is likely to make use of the situation and bring in some changes to freshen up the team. Moyes will also be concerned about making too many changes and taking away the team’s rhythm.
Freiburg are unbeaten in three consecutive games heading into the Europa League encounter. After opening the group stages with a thrilling 3-2 win over Olympiakos, the German outfit will be hoping for a solid win this time around.
Freiburg, though, are struggling with a couple of absentees that could make life difficult for manager Christian Streich. Yannik Keitel is in line to miss the match after having been forced off the Augsburg victory with an injury.
SC Freiburg predicted lineup
Noah Atubolu, Lukas Kubler, Philipp Lienhart, Matthias Ginter, Kenneth Schmidt, Nicolas Hofler, Maximilian Eggestein, Ritsu Doan, Vincenzo Grifo, Lukas Kuebler, Lucas Höler
West Ham have made a very good start to the 2023-24 season. The Hammers have only suffered two defeats this season and these two losses have come at the hands of Liverpool and Manchester City. West Ham had to work hard for the victory in the first match and Moyes will be hoping for a comfortable day out in this game.
The Hammers have picked up back-to-back wins and clean sheets coming into the game. Furthermore, there are no injury problems for the London outfit apart from the potential absence of Aaron Cresswell, who has a hamstring problem.
West Ham are no strangers to picking up away victories in the Europa League and the team heads into the game with three wins from the last four matches. Since the start of the season, West Ham have failed to win just three out of the nine matches so far.
West Ham predicted lineup
Lukasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Nayef Aguerd, Kurt Zouma, Emerson, Edson Álvarez, Jamie Ward-Prowse, Mohammed Kudus, Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paquetá, Danny Ings
SC Freiburg vs West Ham Predicted Lineup – Featured Duel: Mohammed Kudus vs Lukas Kuebler
Lukas Kuebler was one of the top players for Freiburg in the Europa League victory over Olympiakos. He has been a consistent performer for the German outfit this season. The big task for the 31-year-old on the right-hand side will be keeping Mohammed Kudus quiet.
Mohammed Kudus came up with an impressive performance against TSC in the first group match. The 23-year-old came up with a brace to help West Ham come back from being a goal down at home. Since then, he has played 90 minutes of action only once. After being restricted to cameos against Liverpool and Sheffield United, the winger will be looking to offer offensive thrust.
Will Jarrod Bowen play against Freiburg?
Jarrod Bowen has been West Ham’s top player in the Premier League with five goals and an assist in the seven matches. He did not feature in the previous Europa League group match. There is a potential for the 26-year-old to be rested once again, but the kind of form shown by the attacking midfielder is likely to tempt David Moyes to use him in the starting line-up. Jarrod Bowen also has a pretty good record in this competition with three goals in his past seven Europa League matches.
SC Freiburg vs West Ham Predicted Lineup – The Final Word
Freiburg and West Ham have a perfect record after opening the group stages with a victory. This fixture could go a long way into deciding the winner of the group. Freiburg and West Ham have enjoyed decent form in the domestic league as well.
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