Supercomputer shares new West Ham United Europa Conference League chances after win v AZ Alkmaar
FiveThirtyEight’s supercomputer has given West Ham a 48 per cent chance of winning the Europa Conference League.
The Hammers will meet Serie A side Fiorentina in the final in Prague on 7 June, with the latter given a 52 per cent chance of lifting the trophy.
West Ham reached the final by defeating AZ Alkmaar in their semi-final, with Fiorentina overcoming Basel across their two legs.
As noted by FiveThirtyEight’s supercomputer, the Hammers go into the match as underdogs with a 48% chance of coming out on top.
The English outfit have a Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating of 71.1, compared to Fiorentina’s 72.6.
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The final in Prague will be one of the biggest nights in the history of West Ham, with the game representing the first final for many of the current fanbase.
The Hammers supporters will make the trip to the Czech capital in huge numbers, but of course only a lucky, small number will be able to watch from inside the stadium.
West Ham have worked extremely hard in their Europa Conference League campaign to get to this stage, but they still have a massive task on their hands given the tough test that is incoming against Fiorentina.
It will also be a huge occasion for the Italian side, who will also be roared on in Prague by thousands of passionate fans.
For the Hammers, the tournament has represented a much-needed respite from their Premier League struggles, but perhaps nobody imagined the club getting this far, particularly given the pressure on manager David Moyes.