By Sam Stone

5th May, 2022 | 1:10pm

West Ham's Michail Antonio can cause Frankfurt 'so many problems' says former defender Julian Dicks

Julian Dicks believes West Ham striker Michail Antonio can cause Frankfurt all sorts of problems in their Europa League semi-final second leg.

The Irons take on the Bundesliga side looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit and reach the final in Sevilla.

Four-time Hammer of the year Dicks believes striker Antonio can cause Frankfurt all sorts of problems in their bid to reach a European final.

Talking on Sky Sports News [May 5, 08:36pm], Dicks said: “Michail is a big part of this side.

“He’s big, he’s strong and he’s powerful and if he can run in behind he can cause them so many problems.”

Dicks went on to predict another memorable night for the Hammers: “Frankfurt haven’t won at home for six games, form goes out the window in situations like this.

“I am going 2-0 West Ham over 90 minutes.”

Tough one to call

Both teams go into this huge match in indifferent form.

Frankfurt haven’t won at home in six and West Ham have only three wins in their previous ten matches, including their two Europa League triumphs.

This match looks a good fit for David Moyes’ side.

They’re facing a Frankfurt side who are better away from home, where they can sit deep and look to counterattack.

At the London Stadium last week the Hammers were expected to take the game to Frankfurt in front of an expectant crowd.

At the Deutsche Bank Arena on Thursday evening, the emphasis will be on the home side to take the game to the Irons.

This could well play into the hands of David Moyes’ side, with Jarrod Bowen, Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma all threats on the break.

West Ham have nothing else to play for this season, this is their last opportunity and a big performance for the Hammers could well be on the cards.

In other West Ham news, a fan has been hospitalised after alleged Frankfurt ‘ultras’ assaulted a supporters group in Germany.

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