Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley (c), Williams, Byram, Gilmour, Sørensen, Rashica, Dowell, Lees-Melou, Pukki Subs: Gunn, Gibson, Rupp, Placheta, Tzolis, Giannoulis, Gibbs, Springett, Rowe
West Ham: Fabiański, Coufal, Zouma, Dawson, Cresswell, Rice (c), Lanzini, Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio Subs: Areola, Johnson, Fredericks, Masuaku, Noble, Král, Souček, Vlašić, Yarmolenko
Frankfurt: Trapp, Ndicka, Hinteregger, Tuta, Knauff, Rode (c), Sow, Kostić, Kamada, Hauge, Borré Subs: Grahl (GK), Jakić, Hrustic, Lammers, Touré, Hasebe, Ache, Chandler, Da Costa, Lenz, Barkok, Paciência
West Ham: Areola, Coufal, Zouma, Dawson, Cresswell, Rice (c), Souček, Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio Subs: Fabiański (GK), Randolph (GK); Diop, Alese, Johnson, Masuaku, Fredericks, Král, Noble, Vlašić, Benrahma, Yarmolenko
Just like waiting for busses, Hammers boss David Moyes has gone from only having one centre back properly available to THREE in the space of one game. As Hammers prepare for the crucial, what some say is a 'once in a lifeteime' clash' in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League semi final against Eintrecht Franfurt, Moyes will be able to select his two centre back starters from Les 'Ballon' Dawson, Issa Diop and Zouma, the availability of all three will have come as a welcome fillip to the manager's plans ahead of the game.
Well Hammers season has come down to the pinning of hopes on overturning a 2-1 deficit against Frankfurt in Thursday evening's 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League semi final. Pursuing glory on both domestic and European fronts has proved to be a bit too much for the Premier League's 2nd smallest squad.
Yesterday's capitulation to Arsenal was a clear illustration, by trying to ensure a couple of players didn't have to play the entire 90 minutes, David Moyes put out a team that was always going to be vulnerable against an attack minded side like the North Londoners.
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Zouma, Cresswell, Fredericks, Noble (c), Rice, Fornals, Bowen, Benrahma, Lanzini. Subs: Areola (GK), Yarmolenko, Antonio, Vlasic, Diop, Masuaku, Soucek, Kral, Alese.
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Tavares, Elneny, Xhaka (c), Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Nketiah. Subs: Leno (GK), Lacazette, Smith Rowe, Cedric, Pepe, Lokonga, Kirk, Salah-Eddine, Swanson.
There has been a 'media frenzy' regarding the unsavoury treatment handed out to a couple of German radio reporters during Hammers 2-1 loss to Eintracht Franfurt last night, the culprit(s) will be identified and punished as a result, as it should be. However those same eagle eyed observers were myopic in the least by NOT mentioning the antagonistic nature of the away 'Ultras' who had been causing trouble well before the game in the morning and afternoon ALL over London.