Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
London Stadium will host the Europa Conference League semifinal between West Ham United and AZ Alkmaar. The Hammers aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United and they are surely capable of beating the Eredivisie outfit in front of home fans. With no fresh injury worries to report, David Moyes is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed the Red Devils. Defender Angelo Ogbonna is back after missing the Gent game through suspension.
AZ, on the other hand, did well to hold Ajax to a goalless draw at Johan Cruijff Arena in their last league match. The visitors have been impressive at the back of late, but preventing West Ham from scoring at London Stadium is easier said than done. As for the away team, all Karlsson, Martins Indi, Westerveld, and de Wit should have been struggling with injuries of late.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Soucek):
Tomas Soucek is a Czech Republic international who plays for both Slavia Prague and the Czech national team. Soucek is a product of Slavia Prague football academy and after spending several years at the likes of Viktoria Zizkov and Slovan Liberec, he returned to the Sinobo Stadium outfit in the 2017/2018 season.
Tomas Soucek has established himself as a first-team regular at Slavia Prague and he made his debut with Czech Republic on November 15, 2016 in a friendly against Denmark. The 192-cm tall midfielder has 13 caps for Czech Republic U21 team as well.
His main position on the field is defensive midfield, but he is used as central midfielder and centre-back as well. Tomas Soucek was born in Havlickuv Brod on February 27, 1995. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Slavia Prague should expire on June 30, 2024.
Highlighted Team (AZ):
AZ Alkmaar are a professional football club that play their home matches at AFAS Stadion. The venue was opened on 4 August, 2006 and the construction of the stadium cost €38 million. AFAS Stadion is able to hold 17 023 spectators.
The Cheeseheads were founded on 10 May, 1967 and they won their first trophy in 1981, finishing the season 12 points clear of Dutch giants Ajax. 18 years later AZ clinched their second Eredivisie trophy, with the team finishing the 2008/2009 campaign with 80 points, 11 clear of second-placed Twente. In 1981 the club made it to the UEFA Cup final, but English side Ipswich Town proved to be a big catch for the Dutch team.
AZ’s home kits are red and white and they wear black shirts when playing on the road. The likes of Shota Arveladze, Jozy Altidore, Ron Vlaar, Joris Mathijsen, Graziano Pelle, Simon Poulsen, Moussa Dembele and Sergio Romero are notable footballers who played for AZ in the past.