Our top betting pick for today comes from the Europa League with the very best West Ham v Freiburg prediction you can find online. The outcome of this game will decide the winner in Group A as both clubs are levelled on top with 12 points separated only by goal difference. The third-placed Olympiacos have just 4 points, so West Ham and Freiburg have already qualified, but they are playing for prize money and the first spot, which should help secure an easier opponent in the elimination stage. The Hammers, facing a bout of illness and reeling from a recent 5-0 defeat, might struggle against the visiting German team at London Stadium.
Sickness In West Ham’s Camp
The extent of the sickness affecting West Ham remains uncertain, and that’s a major factor going into this top Europa League betting pick for today. Edson Alvarez missed the last game, while Emerson could only make the bench against Fulham due to illness.
While Alvarez and Emerson might recover for this match, others could have fallen prey to the illness. This adds to West Ham’s sidelined players, including Alphonse Areola and Michail Antonio, with uncertainties surrounding their fitness.
Fully Fit Germans Firing On All Cylinders
In contrast, Freiburg enters the game without injury concerns. Christian Steich might field an unchanged lineup from their victorious weekend match against Wolfsburg, with Michael Gregoritsch in good form leading their attack.
Freiburg stands as the top scorers in this season’s Europa League, netting 17 times in five matches, showcasing prowess in recent games. Their defensive strength is evident with three consecutive clean sheets. These three games include a 5:0 trashing of Olympiacos at home, followed by two 0:1 away wins in the Bundesliga at Mainz and Wolfsburg.
Freiburg are the real deal. They are a really good, well coached team that has a chance against anyone, anywhere. Here is a West Ham v Freiburg prediction with loads of value due to the high odds involved. Griffo and Gregoritsch are the players to bet on to get on the scoresheet in East London tonight.
West Ham Playing Without A Real Striker
Michail Antonio is still out with a medial knee ligament damage picked up while on international duty for Jamaica. David Moyes, the manager of West Ham, expressed his readiness to continue deploying Jarrod Bowen as a center-forward throughout the season. Bowen, typically a winger, has filled in admirably for the injured Michail Antonio and currently leads West Ham’s goal-scoring charts this season with 10 goals.
As West Ham prepares for the Europa League clash against Freiburg on Thursday, the English international is expected to take his place as the frontman once again.
David Moyes speaking to the media ahead of this West Ham v Freiburg prediction:“I do see it as an option going forward. It’s been difficult for lots of clubs to buy centre-forwards for the right price and there’s not many on the market. I think Jarrod has been able to step in while Michail [Antonio] has been injured. He’s scored goals and played very well up front. There’s a bit of flexibility with Jarrod at the moment. I think, the way wide players play now, more goals are expected of them. I think Jarrod can do both though.”
Team News And Expected Lineups
West Ham v Freiburg Prediction, Europa League Bet
Despite West Ham’s recent defensive vulnerabilities displayed in their heavy defeat against Fulham, their reputation as European specialists and their unbeaten streak in the last four home matches could pose a challenge for Freiburg.
Freiburg appears more likely to secure a win, but considering West Ham’s unbeaten home record and the possibility of a draw, betting on the away side in the double chance market might be a good idea.
Considering that both teams have qualified, they should play pressure-free football. Freiburg can do serious damage in attack, and West Ham also have plenty of options going forward despite their aforementioned problems. Players like Bowen, Paqueta, the talented and young Kudus (bought from Ajax), and Danny Ings.
Having said that, our money is on a good game with more than two goals in it.