By Beck Pascal

3rd May, 2022 | 9:10am

View: Mark Noble drops out in five changes - West Ham United predicted XI v Eintracht Frankfurt

West Ham travel to Germany this week for Thursday’s [May 5] Europa League semi-final clash against Eintracht Frankfurt. 

The Bundesliga outfit stole a 2-1 win at the London Stadium last time out therefore, David Moyes’ side needs to win by more than one goal if they want to advance to the final without extra time or penalties. 

The Scot will undoubtedly remain faithful to this season’s cup goalkeeper Alphonse Areola with 37-year-old Lukasz Fabianski dropping to the bench.

This season’s surprise starlet Ben Johnson will come in at right-back with Aaron Cresswell being moved back into his favoured position of left-back after filling in for suspended Craig Dawson in centre-back against Arsenal. 

Vladimir Coufal and Ryan Fredericks will as a result be sidelined as Kurt Zouma and Dawson partner with each other once again to complete the defence. 

Irons veteran Mark Noble will continue to watch the European journey from the bench as he makes way for Tomas Soucek alongside Declan Rice in the heart of midfield. 

They will provide protection for Jarrod Bowen – who will return to the right-wing -, Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals with Said Benrahma being benched. 

There is only one man capable of leading the line-up top – Michail Antonio returns to the starting line up having been rested in the weekend’s London derby. He will be hoping to get another goal against the Germans having ended his torrid goal drought in the first leg.

It is a full-strength side for the Hammers who are just 90 minutes away from booking themselves a place in the final in Seville. 

In other West Ham news, Jermain Defoe has slammed a key Hammers man for the lack of ‘fire inside’ him whilst insisting that Moyes looks “disappointed”.

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