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Freiburg v West Ham: Tips, Predictions and Odds

Freiburg and West Ham have already locked horns twice in the Europa League this season and will reconvene at the Europa-Park Stadion on Thursday night in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.

The Hammers won both meetings with the Bundesliga outfit in Group A, which they topped with five wins from six matches.

Freiburg, meanwhile, had to settle for second spot in the section and have since beaten Lens 3-2 over two legs in the knockout round play-offs.

They will be hoping for revenge when the sides square up again and it is fair to say both have had their struggles since the turn of the year.

Freiburg v West Ham

Freiburg v West Ham betting tips and predictions

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals - 6/5

The only thing consistent about Freiburg's matches this year has been goals and a bet on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals could be the way to go in this match at 6/5.

That bet has clicked in each of the Black Forest club's last four matches against Eintracht Frankfurt, Lens, Augsburg and Bayern Munich.

Their league fixtures have averaged 3.17 goals per game this term and their tally of 17 goals in the group stage of the Europa League was bettered only by compatriots Bayer Leverkusen (19).

But at the back, Christian Streich's men leave plenty to be desired, having leaked 44 goals in 24 matches in the Bundesliga this term.

West Ham have the players to hurt Freiburg going forwards but have had their own defensive deficiencies recently and this should be an engrossing contest.

Their last two games in the Premier League finished 4-2 and 3-1 against Brentford and Everton and that high-scoring trend looks set to continue.

Jarrod Bowen to score at anytime - 5/2

West Ham ace Jarrod Bowen failed to find the net in the Europa League group stage but he has been his club's most prolific marksman in the Premier League this term.

Bowen has bagged 14 goals in 26 appearances in the Premier League, adding another three to his tally in domestic cup competitions.

He averages a goal every 167 minutes in the top flight and his shot accuracy of 63 per cent in the Premier League is better than the likes of Erling Haaland (58 per cent), Ollie Watkins (58 per cent) and Dominic Solanke (49 per cent).

It is about time he carried his blistering domestic form over to the continental stage this season and he should be high on confidence after netting a hat-trick against Brentford only two games ago.

He knows how to impress in European competition, having scored five goals en route to West Ham's Europa Conference League triumph last term and he looks a great pick at 5/2 to score in Germany.

West Ham to win 2-1 - 9/1

Given their inconsistencies in 2024, neither side makes massive appeal in the result market but those after a bigger price in the betting should consider West Ham to edge this match 2-1.

The Hammers won by that scoreline in the corresponding fixture with Freiburg in Group A back in October and things have started to pick up in the last couple of weeks.

Pressure was mounting on David Moyes after a 3-0 loss to Manchester United was followed by a 6-0 spanking at home to Arsenal and a 2-0 defeat on the road to Nottingham Forest.

That meant West Ham started the year with an eight-game winless run but they have since put Brentford and Everton to the sword 4-2 and 3-1 respectively.

They failed to keep the door shut in either of those games, though, and have kept only five clean sheets in the Premier League this campaign.

If they are to win, they are unlikely to keep a clean sheet against top-heavy Freiburg and 2-1 is a decent correct score prediction.

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Freiburg v West Ham odds

Freiburg - 31/20
Draw -
12/5
West Ham -
17/10

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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