Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt have to go to FC Basel knowing they need a FOUR goal turnaround to progress. We preview a match that could see Basel make the Europa League Quarter Finals for the first time since 2013-14.
Who is playing?
FC Basel vs Eintracht Frankfurt
What competition is it?
UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg
What time is Basel vs Frankfurt?
20:00 GMT, Thursday 6th August 2020
Where do FC Basel play?
St Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
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Thoughts on FC Basel vs Eintracht Frankfurt?
It is a huge ask, however you just never know in European competitions what could happen. Basel are looking to see out a 3-0 aggregate lead over Eintracht Frankfurt who have only played one friendly since the 27th June. Match sharpness could play a key part in this tie, with the Swiss Super League still being played ahead of this clash. Interestingly, the Basel squad was not that heavily rotated since their game on Monday, which finished 0-0, so it could fatigue them for Thursday’s clash.
That result ended their domestic season with just one defeat in their last nine matches, however they have drawn four of their last five. It was their second 0-0 after a crazy 4-4 draw with Lugano. The quality of Frankfurt is a big step up and Adi Hutter’s side will feel they have a chance should they start the game strongly. The winner of this tie will face either Shakhtar Donetsk or Wolfsburg in the Quarter Final stages. Especially if Andre Silva carries on his fine form shown at the end of the Bundesliga season, when he scored eight goals in 10 appearances.
Basel looking to make up for underwhelming domestic season
For a side who has already had to play nine matches last month alone, a temporary break might be of welcome. However, with a game still to play in the Swiss Super League on Monday evening, preparations for their Thursday tie against Frankfurt have been significantly inhibited. However, they will finish 3rd this season no matter the outcome of their game against Luzern on Monday, and have earned qualification for next season’s Europa League.
Basel are usually is in the conversation to win their domestic league, however it has been a poor season by their standards. They have just a 1.39 away PPG, having lost seven away league games this season. They have handled things much better in the Europa League, however, winning seven of nine matches played and keeping six clean sheets. The most impressive performance came in the reverse fixture as they mauled Eintracht 3-0 at the Commerzbank Arena.
Which Eintracht Frankfurt side will show up?
Frankfurt have been very inconsistent this season. The Germans have had some unbelievable matches, including the 5-1 win over Bayern Munich and their 2-1 win over Arsenal. However, in and amongst that were some ugly results and performances. During the restart, the side was in free fall after five successive defeats in the Bundesliga, however recovered well and eventually finished at the top half of the table.
They are unbeaten in five games and have little choice but to make this game a goal fest. Having needed to get through the qualifying rounds last summer, Frankfurt have played a huge 15 games in the competition this season. They have only failed to score in 20% of those games but have clean sheets in just 27% of games. Only four teams have scored more goals than Eintracht in the Europa League this season, who have scored 27 times.
FC Basel recent games:
- Luzern (h) 0-0 draw
- Thun (a) 0-0 draw
- Lugano (h) 4-4 draw
- St. Gallen (a) 1-3 win
- Servette (a) 2-2 draw
Eintracht Frankfurt recent games:
- Monaco (h) 1-1 draw
- Paderborn (h) 3-2 defeat
- Cologne (a) 1-1 draw
- Schalke (h) 2-1 win
- Hertha Berlin (a) 1-4 win
FC Basel Top Contributors:
- Arthur Mendonca Cabral (Forward): 18 Swiss Super League goal involvements (14 goals + 4 assists) – Young Brazilian forward on loan from Palmeiras who has scored twice in nine Europa League games this season.
- Fabian Frei (Midfielder) – 18 Premier League goal involvements (10 goals + 8 assists) – Experienced Swiss midfielder with a goal-scoring threat. Has scored four times in the Europa League, with two in his last two in the competition.
Eintracht Frankfurt Top Contributors:
- Filip Kostic (Midfielder): 16 Bundesliga goal involvements (4 goals + 12 assists) – Dangerous Serbian winger who can play anywhere down the left. He has scored in every competition he has played in this season, with 12 goals and 18 assists in 50 appearances, with two goals in the Europa League this season (excluding qualifying).
- Andre Silva (Forward): 15 Bundesliga goal involvements (12 goals + 3 assists) – The on-loan Portuguese striker had a underwhelming season prior to the restart, but became of the most in-form players alongside Robert Lewandowski by netting eight times in his last 10 games.
|12th March 2020||EIN 0-3 BAS||Europa League|
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