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After dominant showings in the group stage and impressive results that followed, West Ham and Lyon clash with a place in the Europa League semi-finals on the line.
The Hammers won four of six group games to advance before producing a memorable performance at home to eventually prevail over Sevilla after extra-time last time out.
As they continue to push for a top-four finish in the Premier League, they’ll be desperate to enjoy some European success this year too.
For Lyon, they were equally as impressive in the group stage as they topped Group A having won five of their six outings.
They also had a superb result in the Round of 16 as they eliminated Porto, and while they languish in mid-table in Ligue 1, the Europa League could be seen as something to salvage from this season to make it a success.
Continue reading for our expert football betting tips for the clash.
Particularly in that win at home over Sevilla, West Ham proved themselves as genuine contenders this year and they’ll be full of confidence.
While Lyon carry a threat, the Hammers will know that they could certainly do with an advantage heading into the second leg and so back them to edge this one.
It won’t be easy as Lyon showed as recently as the Round of 16 that they can win on the road after picking up a 1-0 victory at Porto, but a physical, well-organised West Ham could be a different proposition and while both teams will get chances to score, it’s the Premier League side who could edge the first meeting.
After a narrow defeat at Sevilla, West Ham produced a superb performance to win 2-0 at home over the Spaniards last time out in this competition.
Having topped Group H with 13 points from their six games, David Moyes will be delighted with how their European campaign has gone thus far.
Said Benrahma is their top goalscorer with just three goals to his name, and so their threat comes from different areas, with left-back Aaron Cresswell providing the most assists.
With their physicality and agility running throughout the team coupled with the pace and goal threat up top, West Ham are a real danger in Europe as they have a balanced side. That will make them more than a match for Lyon.
As noted above, it hasn’t gone to plan for Lyon domestically this season as they sit in mid-table and far away from where they want to be competing.
However, with six wins in eight games in Europe, they have been a different side in this competition and have emerged as one of the favourites.
Karl Toko Ekambi currently tops the goalscorer charts in the Europa League with six along with two assists, while Islam Slimani has three goals to his name.
Having scored 18 and conceded just six goals across their run thus far, the Ligue 1 outfit will be a formidable challenge for West Ham.
There isn’t a head-to-head record to analyse for these two sides as it’ll be the first time they’ve met in competitive action.
That said, they’ll undoubtedly scout and assess each other extensively as the game draws closer, and while head-to-head records largely count for little if sides haven’t met for quite some time, it will be similar here with both sides looking to write a positive new chapter in their history.
The London Stadium holds just over 62,000 for West Ham games, and so as they continue to march on in Europe, they can certainly expect their fans to make the trip in their numbers.
While they had problems early on at home following their move from Upton Park, the Hammers have settled now and have become a difficult side to beat at home, but that’s something that Lyon will be hoping to do this week.
For all the excitement, there will be nerves too as this is unchartered territory, and so if the visitors strike early, it could lead to a tense night.
This West Ham side has all the attributes to be a really difficult test for most teams around Europe given their physicality, pace and combination of youth and experience.
Moyes has assembled a strong squad to cope with the rigours of both domestic and European football, and as their success so far this season shows, they’re dealing with it well.
While their win over Sevilla last time out was a big moment for the club, it gives them the edge in this one as they should come out on top but back Lyon to grab a goal themselves to set things up nicely for the second leg.