UEFA Europa League quarter-final Second-leg Preview- Olympique Lyonnais
West Ham United will be hoping to progress to the semi-final stage of the UEFA Europa League by finishing the job off against French Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais when they travel to The Groupama Stadium for the second-leg of their quarter-final tie tonight.
The two teams are level at 1-1 after last week’s first-leg in Stratford and the winner will face either German or Spanish opposition in the shape of Eintract Frankfurt or FC Barcelona.
West Ham will be looking to bounce back following their trip to The Brentford Community Stadium five days ago, where they failed to overcome the challenge of the newly-promoted Bees.
That’s not the only matter fueling the Hammers ahead of this game however, as they will be wanting to win it for defender Aaron Cresswell who was harshly given a straight red card in the first-leg.
If the scores remain level over ninety minutes here, then extra-time will be played and if there is still no winner, it will be time for penalties.
Fans will remember that the Irons have already won a shootout this season on their way to knocking Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup and the team will be hoping to do similarly here. If they do so, then they will bring an unbeaten European run to an end for the home side.
Although Cresswell’s suspension is a blow, David Moyes does have Vladimír Coufal back in contention after he was deemed fit enough to start against Thomas Frank’s men at the weekend, having spent the last two games on the bench.
Kurt Zouma suffered an ankle injury in the London derby and will miss this encounter, meaning that Issa Diop, who came on for the former Chelsea man on Sunday, looks likely to take his place.
Manuel Lanzini will be hoping for a second consecutive start, while Saïd Benrahma, Ryan Fredericks, Mark Noble, Arthur Masuaku, Nikola Vlašić and Andriy Yarmolenko are all pushing to be involved.
If Vlašić is selected to start, then he will be partnered by Michail Antonio upfront.
Alphonse Areola is once again set to deputise for Łukasz Fabiański in goal.
The match is an 8pm kick-off and live coverage will be screened by BT Sport from 7:15pm and, as he was for the first-leg against Sevilla, Sandro Schärer will be the man in charge of this encounter.