Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona predictions and match preview for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Catalan giants head to Germany.
|Date||Thursday 7th April 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Stadium||Deutsche Bank Park|
|Competition||UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg|
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona Preview
Barcelona’s bid for Europa League glory takes them to Germany this week for the 1st Leg of their Quarter-Final tie with Eintracht Frankfurt. The Catalans will be the clear favourites to progress over the two legs against mid-table Bundesliga opposition.
Xavi’s men are on quite a roll right now. It’s 8 wins out of 9 in all competitions and they haven’t lost inside 90 minutes since they were last in Germany, for their final group match in the Champions League which ended in a 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich. It’s fair to say plenty of improvements have been made and solutions found across the pitch since then and they will take real momentum into this one.
Barcelona’s latest win was more hard-fought than some of their recents ones but was well deserved against Sevilla at the weekend. It took a moment of magic from Pedri to seal a 1-0 win against the Andalusians. The result moved Barça up to 2nd in LaLiga and fears that they might miss out on Champions League qualification now seem like distant ones. They cannot totally afford to take their foot off the gas in LaLiga yet but the Europa League is looking like it will be their primary focus over the final weeks of the campaign.
Eintracht Frankfurt will be hungry for an upset and will relish the occasion having rarely faced true continental giants in recent years. They do have decent pedigree in the Europa League though having reached the Semi-Finals in 2019 where they took Chelsea all the way to penalties. The general consensus seems to be that they aren’t quite at that level this time around with Luka Jović warming the bench for Real Madrid these days rather than banging in the goals for the German side as was memorably the case during the 2018/19 campaign.
Oliver Glasner’s side have beaten Spanish opposition to reach this point though. They advanced against Real Betis thanks to an own goal from Guido Rodriguez in Stoppage Time of Extra Time in the 2nd Leg of their last 16 tie. Since then they’ve drawn all of their 3 league games, with two of them ending goalless, and they’ll need to show plenty of defensive qualities here to keep this Barcelona side at bay.
Head to Head
- This will be the first ever meeting.
Eintracht Frankfurt are in pretty good shape fitness wise with Diant Ramaj and Ragnar Ache their only expected absentees.
As always, Barcelona are missing Dani Alves who isn’t registered in this competition. Eric Garcia may come in with Ronald Araujo potentially moving to right-back due to fitness concerns over Sergino Dest. Ansu Fati is training again but this game may come too soon.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona Predictions
Score Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Barcelona
Barcelona ought to fancy their chances of progress here and they have been better away than at home so far in their Europa League run, winning on the road against both Napoli and Galatasaray. They look capable of winning the 1st Leg in Germany to set up what should be a comfortable return at Camp Nou next week.
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