SC Freiburg host West Ham at Europa-Park Stadion in Group A of 2023-24 UEFA Europa League.
Currently sat top of Group A, victory would see SC Freiburg or West Ham move top of the group alone.
Yannik Keitel is ruled out for SC Freiburg after he suffered a groin injury in the first half of their Bundesliga win at home to FC Augsburg last weekend.
Benjamin Uphoff (muscle), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (ACL), Max Rosenfelder (tendon) and Christian Gunter (arm)
West Ham could be without Jarrod Bowen after he suffered an ankle injury during their Premier League win over Sheffield United.
Ben Johnson and Michail Antonio are ruled out with unspecified injuries.
Aaron Cresswell (hamstring) remains absent.
When is Kick-Off?
SC Freiburg host West Ham at Europa-Park Stadion on Thursday 5 October in a 6:45pm CEST (5:45pm UK Time) kick-off, live on TNT Sport 2 in the UK.
- This is SC Freiburg’s first-ever meeting against West Ham across all UEFA competitions.
- West Ham are playing away to SC Freiburg for the first time in their history.
- Freiburg are playing English opposition for the very first time in any UEFA competition.
- Freiburg have lost just one of their last five home games in all UEFA competitions (W3, D1, L1).
- West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last six matches in all UEFA competitions (W5, D1).
Sat joint-top of Group A coming into this game, Freiburg should have little fear with two clean sheets in three home games but they have had an inconsistent month, which can’t afford to happen here such is the tough opposition that West Ham will pose.
David Moyes’ Hammers meanwhile have been clinical in their last two games and with players set to be rotated, they should hopefully be ready for this game which could well be tough if Freiburg set themselves to be difficult to break down defensively.
West Ham though are in strong form within UEFA competitions but are up against a team whose home form is pretty strong, so I do expect this to be close with a score draw looking a fair outcome.
Prediction: SC Freiburg 1-1 West Ham
Result: SC Freiburg 1-2 West Ham