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Predicted West Ham XI, latest team and injury news ahead of Frankfurt clash

It’s a historic night in east London as West Ham host the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash with Frankfurt later this evening.

David Moyes’ have enjoyed a stunning campaign across Europe, already defeating both 2020 champions Sevilla and Ligue 1 outfit Lyon in the knockout stages.

What is your prediction for West Ham's first-leg clash vs Franfurt?

Irons WIN!

Irons WIN!

Draw...

Draw...

Frankfurt win!

Frankfurt win!

The Scotsman heavily rotated his starting XI at the weekend, even despite the tricky test of Chelsea, so we can expect plenty of changes ahead of kick-off tonight.

Here’s the lineup we could expect to see from the Irons…

There may be as many as five changes from the side that were narrowly defeated by the Blues 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Between the sticks, designated cup keeper Alphonse Areola is set to resume his shot-stopping duties over veteran Lukasz Fabianski, though the back three is likely to be unchanged.

Craig Dawson is the Hammers’ only fit senior centre-back and he was sent off late on at Stamford Bridge but he remains available for this encounter, so he’ll continue to partner left-back Aaron Cresswell and young versatile gem Ben Johnson in the backline.

Vladimir Coufal and Arthur Masuaku are likely to continue on either flank as wing-backs, too.

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In midfield, you can expect to see a return for the well-rested Declan Rice, who will undoubtedly take the armband as he replaces club captain Mark Noble in the slot next to Thomas Soucek, and they will be joined by Argentinian playmaker Manuel Lanzini, who takes over from Pablo Fornals in the no.10 role.

Both of the Irons’ big attacking threats, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio, were also on the bench against Chelsea and they too are likely to come straight back into the starting XI.

That’s at the expense of Andriy Yarmolenko, 32 – who was once dubbed the dud “embarrassing” for a dive against non-league Kidderminster Harriers by BBC Sport pundit Dion Dublin, and Algerian winger Said Benrahma.

Predicted West Ham XI (3-4-1-2): Areola; Cresswell, Dawson, Johnson; Masuaku, Rice, Soucek, Coufal; Lanzini; Antonio, Bowen.

AND in other news, Moyes must unleash “unplayable” £31.5m-rated West Ham machine, he’ll terrify Frankfurt

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