UEFA Europa Conference League Final Preview- ACF Fiorentina

Well, this is it. The night that all West Ham United fans have been waiting for. They face Italian outfit ACF Fiorentina in the UEFA Europa Conference League Final, hoping to lift their first major trophy since the 1980 FA Cup.

David Moyes’ men went so close to winning the UEFA Europa League last season but were knocked out at the semi-final stage by German side FFV Eintract Frankfurt. Now they have gone one step further and made it to Prague, where all they need to do is win one more match to take the glory!!!

This may be a tough test for the Hammers. They have already ended the previously unbeaten runs of RSC Anderlecht, KAA Gent and AZ Alkmaar in this competition, as they aim to extend their own unbeaten run here.

If the night does end in triumph for the East Londoners, then it will mean that European football will return to Stratford for a third consecutive season.

Since booking their place in Prague on May 18, the East Londoners have beaten Leeds United and were on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat by Leicester City so will be looking to bounce back and win their last game of what has been a longer than usual campaign.

Having had considerably more time to prepare, you would think that the Hammers go into this game the fresher of the two sides, as Fiorentina only finished their season just five days ago. Having said that, they did end on a high note by beating Sassuolo 3-1. It will certainly be interesting to see how both teams approach the encounter.

Alphonse Areola, Angelo Ogbonna, Thilo Kehrer, Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Kurt Zouma are all set to play, while Tomáš Souček and Vladimír Coufal will also be pushing for starts as they return to their home country.

Pablo Fornals ensured that his team went through to the Final and will be hoping to be included in the starting line-up, after scoring as the Irons ended their Premier League fixture programme at The King Power Stadium.

Danny Ings missed training on Tuesday, due to a slight knock but reports suggest that he will be fit enough to be involved, meaning that Michail Antonio will more than likely start the game.

The match is an 8pm kick-off and live coverage will be screened by BT Sport from 6:30pm. On another note, a preview to the game is also available on BT Sport beginning at 2:15pm. Carlos del Cerro Grande will be tonight’s referee.