Eintracht are looking forward to get a lead when they host Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semifinals at the Frankfurt Stadion on Thursday.
The Bundesliga side are having a dream season on both the domestic and continental fronts. They are currently 4th in the Bundesliga table, occupying the last Champions League spot with 54 points from 31 games.
However, Die Adler have competition from Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen, and Hoffenheim, who are 3, 3, and 4 points away respectively. Thus, Adi Hutter’s side are right in the mix and in control of their top four finish with three games to go.
Meanwhile, Eintracht are having a terrific run in the Europa League and are three matches away from winning the tournament. Now, this has an extra incentive of securing a Champions League berth, making it lucrative for the German outfit.
Hutter’s side topped their group consisting of the likes of Lazio and Marseille, before knocking out Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, and Benfica in the knockouts. Each of those three teams dropped down from the Champions League, making Eintracht’s victories all the more phenomenal.
Their opponents Chelsea are in a similar battle of their own. The Blues are currently 4th in the Premier League table, occupying the last automatic Champions League qualification berth. They are 2 points behind Tottenham in third and 2 points ahead of Arsenal in 5th. Thus, Maurizio Sarri’s side will be looking to hold on to that 4th spot while trying to win the Europa League to secure direct qualification to next season’s UCL.
The London side are one of the tournament favorites and are yet to lose this term, winning 11 of the 12 games so far. They won their group comfortably before seeing off Malmo and Dynamo Kyiv in the first two knockout rounds.
Chelsea did suffer a scare in the quarter against Slavia Prague but emerged winners in the end. Now, Eintracht promises to be a tougher opposition. However, Sarri would love to draw the game or take an away goal back to Stamford Bridge.
Injuries and Suspensions
Eintracht will be missing Ante Rebic due to suspension while star striker Sebastian Haller is likely to be out as well with a stomach injury. Hutter will welcome back Evan Ndicka for the match but could be without Mijat Gacinovic, who faces a late fitness test.
Antonio Rudiger looks to be out for the season and will be a big miss for Sarri’s side. Willian seems to have picked up an injury over the weekend and is a doubt for the game as well. Winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is already ruled out for the season while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud can be expected to be back in the starting eleven.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea Prediction
Frankfurt are in good shape this season and have remained unbeaten in their last three games across all competitions. Chelsea, on the other hand, have won each of their last six games in the Europa League and are unbeaten in a tournament-record 15 consecutive games.
A goal-fest is highly likely with the home side scoring 2+ goals in 20 of their last 23 matches in the Europa League while their visitors have also registered 2+ goals in 7 of their last eight games in the tournament.
Thus, it is set to be a clash of equals with lots of goals and the home team potentially nicking this one.
Predicted Eintracht XI: Trapp; Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger; da Costa, Fernandes, Rode, Kostic; Gacinovic; Paciencia, Jovic
Predicted Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard
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