Fiorentina vs West Ham: Hammers DETERMINED to end trophy drought on back of FIT squad
West Ham United will be extremely determined to end their 40-year long trophy drought. As they ended their Premier League season in the 14th place this season, this will be their only chance to qualify for any European competition next season. They will be determined to win on the back of a fully fit squad.
Fiorentina vs West Ham: West Ham United are determined to end their trophy drought of over four decades. They also fell out of last year’s Europa League semi-final. There season in the Premier League for them has been disastrous. Hence, they will be pushing their all to end the season by winning the European title. This will also be their only chance to qualify for any European competition next year. Hence, they will be extremely determined. Follow Europa Conference League LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.
It has been 43 years since West Ham United have won a silverware. The last one they won has been the FA Cup back in 1980. The last European title won by the team came in 1965 which was the European Cup – Winners’ Cup. They came close to winning silverware many times in this time, like getting knocked out of the Europa League semi-final last season. However, they have not won a single trophy in over four decades now. Hence, they will be quite determined this Wednesday.
This has also been a disastrous season for them in the Premier League. They ended the season in 14th place in the Premier League table. They also lost the last league game against Leicester City who have been relegated this season to The Championship. Hence, for next season in the league, they will have to focus on performing better to qualify for European competition. However, for this season, they will have to put all of their eggs into this basket for next year’s European competition.
Winning the title will not only end their 4 decade-long trophy drought, but it will also get them an entry to next year’s Europa League group stage. They are the competition’s second-highest goalscorers behind their opponent Fiorentina. They also have not won any of the games this season in this competition. Michail Antonio has been their top goalscorer for the side this season. He has scored 6 goals this season out of the 27 they have scored in total. Hence, he will surely lead the attack for the side.
Both Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek served together at Slavia Prague. Hence, they are both very much familiar with the Fortuna Arena which is Slavia Prague’s home ground. They will surely start the match against the Italian side. Captain Declan Rice will be leading his side from the midfield as this could just turn out to be his last match with them. The only player injured for the side is Gianluca Scamacca who recently had knee surgery. The other player who is sure to be sidelined is the Premier League first-choice goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski.
The coach will be calling up cup goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for the final. Kehrer, Aguerd, Zouma, and Cresswell will be forming the defense line in the back. Soucek and Rice will be manning the midfield with expertise. Antonio will lead the attack line from the center forward position. Whereas, Bowen, Paqueta, and Benrahma could be forming the attack line that help Antonio in the attacks.
West Ham United Predicted XI: Areola; Kehrer, Aguerd, Zouma, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Paqueta, Benrahma; Antonio
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