David Moyes doesn't consider West Ham 'favourites' for Europa League tie v Frankfurt
West Ham manager David Moyes believes it is hard to consider his side favourites in their Europa League semi-final against Frankfurt on Thursday.
The Hammers have overcome serial Europa League winners Sevilla and French powerhouse Lyon thus far.
Moyes’ side face a Frankfurt team who emphatically dumped Barcelona out of the competition in the last round.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, as quoted on West Ham’s official website, Moyes said: “I don’t think we’ve really considered [being favourites].
“When you look at the opposition, it’d be hard to say we would beat Sevilla because of their record, Lyon became a difficult game against a good team.”
Moyes added: “Frankfurt are very much the same.”
David Moyes’ side are the bookies’ favourites for the first leg on Thursday evening and are second-favourites to win the Europa League behind RB Leipzig.
Given the atmosphere that has been generated at the London Stadium in previous rounds, it is hardly surprising that the Hammers are favourites.
Sevilla froze in their second leg at the London Stadium, with only two shots on target compared to West Ham’s eight.
Lyon only managed one more shot on target than the hosts, despite playing the majority of the match with an extra man.
The crowd at the London Stadium is conducive to David Moyes’ side and how they like to play.
Thursday will be as loud and as intimidating at the London Stadium has ever been, which will massively help Moyes’ hard-working ethos he has installed at the club.
Given their previous results and backing from the fans, it’s not surprising they’re favourites.
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