West Ham United to take control

West Ham United to take control

West Ham United and KAA Gent are both hoping for an early advantage when they lock horns for the first leg of their Conference League quarter-finals match. West Ham entered the quarter-finals of the Conference League when they dominated their match against AEK Larnaca. Gent on the other hand relied on their performance in the second leg that against Istanbul Basaksehir. These two teams understand the importance of winning the first leg of their match, to have a bigger chance for the next round. This meeting will be on April 14, 2023, at 12:45 AM (GMT+8), with Gent as hosts.

This meeting will only be the third meeting between these two teams, with the visitors being unbeaten in those meetings. However, the meeting between these two teams are recorded years ago, which started in 1964. Considering the number of talents these two teams have, this game may end in a completely different result. The hosts are currently unbeaten in their last seven matches across all competitions. The visitors on the other hand are 100% in the Conference League, winning all their eight games. With that being said, it is clear that these two teams are confident to come into this game.

West Ham United

Conference League: West Ham United
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West Ham had an impressive Round-of-16 this season, thrashing AEK Larnaca, in a 6-0 aggregate win. Additionally, they won all their matches in the Conference league this season, the only team to do it this season. This is a great boost of confidence for them, considering their current run in the Premier League. In the Premier League, West Ham’s struggles are evident, as they are just flirting with the relegation zone. Fortunately for them, they are from a 1-0 win against Fulham over the weekend. They are at the 15th of the Premier League with just 30 points, but are still three points clear of relegation zone. For this match, they are aiming to extend their perfect run in the contest.

Alphonse Areola is expected to return in this match, while Gianluca Scamacca is still sidelined due to an injury. Lucas Paqueta on the other hand is a doubt here, as he might not be able to shake off his foot issue.

KAA Gent

Europa League: KAA Gent
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Gent on the other hand qualified for the quarter-finals of the Conference League after dominating their Round-of-16 second leg. Their first leg against Istanbul Basaksehir ended in a 1-1 draw, not until they dominated them in the second leg. During the second leg, Gent thrashed their opponent in a 4-1 victory for them. However, on their last match domestically, they were held in a 1-1 draw by Union Saint-Gilloise. Additionally, they want to extend their unbeaten run across all competitions, making them eager to win this match. Gent are expected to put a fight in this match, as they are going against a tough West Ham squad.

What is fortunate for Gent is the fact that there are no fresh injury concern for Gent. However, expect this squad to have a few changes for this important match.


West Ham United (2.0)
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