West Ham beat Sevilla (0:1; 2:0) and Lyon (1:1; 3:0) in the playoffs of the Europa League. In both cases, the Hammers solved the tournament problem in the second leg, and if the confrontation with Sevilla was won at home, scoring the decisive goal in extra time, then Lyon were defeated away. David Moyes called reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup a “fundamental event” for West Ham. Who will win? Go to 20Bet and make your predictions.
“Eintracht” knocked out two representatives of Spain – “Betis” (2:1; 1:1) and “Barcelona” (1:1; 3:2). Curiously, both home matches ended with a score of 1:1, but in both away meetings, the “eagles” got victories.
Eintracht have not suffered a single defeat in the current Europa League draw: the German club has 5 wins and 5 draws. Thus, the unbeaten run of the West Ham rival has 10 matches. The Hammers themselves have already suffered two defeats – from Dynamo Zagreb in the final match of the group stage and from Sevilla in the 1/8 finals.
West Ham and Eintracht have already met in the semi-finals of the European Cup 46 years ago. Then they fought for reaching the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup. Eintracht started with a 2-1 home win, but BX responded in London with a convincing 3-1 revenge.
The Rangers made the longest playoff run of any semi-finalist. While West Ham, Eintracht and RB Leipzig won two matches each, Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s team has already left Borussia Dortmund (4:2; 2:2), Red Star Zvezda out of the Europa League (3:0; 1:2) and Braga (0:1; 3:1). Paying tribute to the opponent, Domenico Tedesco stressed that the Rangers are capable of defeating anyone.
RB Leipzig are the only contenders to win the Europa League, having started the European Cup season in the Champions League. In the fall, Leipzig finished third in the group with Manchester City, PSG and Brugge. All the other seven clubs that descended from the Champions League have already been relegated: Barcelona, Borussia D, Sevilla, Atalanta, Zenit, Porto and Sheriff.
In the playoffs of the Europa League, RB Leipzig dealt with Real Sociedad (2:2; 3:1) and Atalanta (1:1; 2:0). I didn’t have to play against Spartak in the 1/8 finals due to the suspension of the Russian club. Interestingly, Domenico Tedesco’s team follows the same pattern as the other representative of the Bundesliga in the playoffs of the Europa League: draws at home, wins away, like Eintracht.
Three important RB Leipzig players will miss the first semi-final due to yellow cards: Willy Orban, Mohamed Simakan and Kevin Kampl.