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Freiburg v West Ham Free Bets, Betting Tips & Predictions

West Ham will make their first trip overseas on Thursday evening when they lock horns with in-form Freiburg in the Europa League.

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to suggest that Freiburg are arguably enjoying the best season to date of their 119-year history.

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Currently eighth in the Bundesliga table, Freiburg got off to a good start in the Europa League on Matchday 1 as they claimed a 3-2 win away at Olympiacos.

Meanwhile, West Ham raced to a 3-1 victory at home to FK TSC Backa Topola in their opening Group A game, and they followed that up by ending a downturn in form in the Premier League by seeing off Sheffield United 2-0 at the London Stadium last weekend.

Intriguingly, this will be the first competitive meeting between West Ham and Freiburg, as their only previous clash came nearly 100 years ago in a post-season tour match that Freiburg won 5-2.

Anyway, back to the present, and this could be a stern test for the Hammers. To guide you through this match, I have provided a preview and shared a couple of betting tips for you to mull over ahead of kick-off.

Freiburg to pinch all three points

Given the incredible odyssey that West Ham went on in the Europa League Conference last term, the Europa League will inevitably be a step up in quality.

More pertinently, West Ham will want to avenge memories of their Europa League semi-final defeat to Frankfurt in the 2021/22 campaign, and trips to Germany have been problematic.

That loss will still be playing on the minds of all those connected to the Irons, but West Ham have been unsuccessful on all three of their previous three visits to Germany.

Freiburg, on the other hand, are no strangers to Europe, however, they will be looking to monopolise the ball more as they were below the 50% mark on the possession stats in their last outing.

So, to my first pick then. Well, this could be a real tussle, but Freiburg could come out on top, and I have gone with Freiburg to clinch a 2-1 win. This Correct Score line is paying out at inviting odds of 8/1 with Paddy Power.

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West Ham vs Freiburg

West Ham vs Freiburg Tips

Our Correct Score Prediction

Vincenzo Grifo to break the deadlock

It’s always handy when you have a dead-ball specialist in your ranks, and that is the case with Freiburg.

More specifically, Vincenzo Grifo, who converted from the spot in Greece a couple of weeks ago made no mistake with his penalty in his side’s 2-0 win over Augsburg last weekend in the Bundesliga.

Indeed, since the start of last season, no player has scored more goals from set pieces than Grifo (12).

While I couldn’t locate any specific player props, there is a strong chance that Grifo could hit the target, and if it does, you have been warned of his prowess from 12 yards.

To round things off, I have gone with Grifo to open the scoring, and he’s at 15/2 to do so with bet365.

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West Ham vs Freiburg

West Ham vs Freiburg Tips

We are backing Grifo to score the first goal

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Charles Perrin

Charles Perrin

Charles is an experienced sports betting content producer providing bespoke content, specialising in golf and football