The Hammers may be trailing 2-1 but Frankfurt’s dismal home record gives West Ham major hope of making the Europa League final.
The biggest single match in the modern history of West Ham is almost upon us.
The Europa League semi-final second leg against Frankfurt is now just over 24 hours away.
The Hammers head out to Germany today and will be looking to overturn the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the London Stadium last Thursday night.
But West Ham only actually need one goal for the chance to get to the final.
That would even the scores up on aggregate. And with the away goals rule having been abolished, that would give West Ham extra-time to find another goal or the chance to go through on penalties.
Yes Moyes’s boys face an uphill task.
But a dismal Frankfurt home record will give West Ham major hope of making the Europa League final.
Eintracht Frankfurt may have been impressive on the counter away from home at the London Stadium.
It has been a different story for the Germans on their own patch, though.
Because Frankfurt have won just ONCE in their last 11 home games in all competitions.
That was a 2-1 victory over the Bundesliga’s 12th placed side VfL Bochum back on March 13th.
In fact that is Frankfurt’s only home win since December 18th. The dismal record will give West Ham plenty of encouragement ahead of the crucial second leg.
Taking a look at Frankfurt’s home record in this season’s Europa League will fill Moyes, his players and West Ham fans with even more hope.
Because the Bundesliga outfit have won just ONE home game in the competition so far – 3-1 against Olympiacos in the group stages.
West Ham’s semi-final opponents were held at home by Fenerbahce, Antwerp, Real Betis and Barcelona.
It seems all of Frankfurt’s best work is done away from home.
West Ham could also benefit from the extra day of rest they have had ahead of the second leg after Frankfurt played on Monday night in a 2-0 defeat away at Bayer Leverkusen.
There is further encouragement for West Ham in the fact two key Frankfurt stars who shone in the first leg will miss the second leg clash.
If West Ham can get that first goal there may be serious nerves for the hosts side given their dismal record at the Deutsche Bank Park.
And the Hammers will also take great heart from the fact they created 15 chances against the Germans in last week’s match.
Do the same again and sharpen up their finishing and it all gives West Ham major hope of making that final in Seville.