Europa Conference League Bets & Preview:
West Ham v Alkmaar
In today’s Europa Conference League semi-final, West Ham United will take on AZ Alkmaar at the London Stadium. With both teams eyeing a spot in the final, this promises to be an exciting encounter.
West Ham’s recent 1-0 win against Manchester United has left manager David Moyes in a buoyant mood, with the team now having secured enough points to avoid relegation in the Premier League. This means they can focus fully on their Europa Conference League campaign and attempt to reach the final. They will be hoping to build on their impressive performance in the group stage, where they became the first team to win all their games. West Ham’s home form in the competition has been particularly impressive, with 17 goals scored in just six games.
AZ Alkmaar will be looking to cause an upset and book their place in the final. The Dutch side have been in good form of late, going over six hours without conceding a goal. They will take confidence from their recent 3-0 extra-time win in the quarter-finals, as well as their ability to hold the mighty Ajax to a goalless draw in the Eredivisie. However, they will need to overcome their poor record in England, having lost all six of their previous trips across the North Sea while conceding at least four goals in their last three games.
Key players: West Ham’s Tomáš Souček has been in fine form, 7 of his last 8 strikes have been West Ham’s opening goals. Meanwhile, AZ’s Vangelis Pavlidis has been a key player for them in Europe this season, scoring nine goals across seven European wins.