Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Basel Prediction and Betting Preview 12 Mar 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 0-3
Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Basel PredictionEintracht Frankfurt will welcome Basel to CommerzBank Arena on Thursday for the first encounter of their two-legged tie from the last-16 stage in Europa League. 
Match status: 2019-20 Europa League - Play Offs - 1/8-finals
Kick-off:
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena (Frankfurt)
In the previous round the Germans eliminated Salzburg 6:3 on aggregate, while Basel did not experience any difficulties and kicked Apoel out of the tournament with a combined 4:0 score.

The home side’s form at Commerzbank-Arena is expected to be the difference as they host Basel in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg. Basel are good enough to score in Frankfurt but are likely to come unstuck in a hostile atmosphere.

Eintracht Frankfurt have been inconsistent in recent weeks as they fight on three fronts. The Eagles drew 2-2 at Salzburg which was enough to progress in the Europa League following a 4-1 home win.

Adi Hütter’s side beat Werder Bremen 2-0 in the German Cup semifinals with André Silva and Daichi Kamada on target. Eintracht returned to Bundesliga duty on Saturday and were beaten 4-0 at Bayer Leverkusen.

Their away form is a big problem but a return to Frankfurt could be just what they need.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Basel Team News

Semi-finalists of this competition last season, Frankfurt come into this fixture off the back of beating Salzburg in the previous round, thanks to a devastating home win in the first leg. Manager Adi Hütter will be looking for more of the same on Thursday.

The way in which Frankfurt simply battered Salzburg in the first leg of the previous round was impressive. They got on the front foot, were positive in their approach, while they were also a huge threat on the break once an advantage had been obtained. 

Scoring goals has been part and parcel of Frankfurt’s game in Europe this season, especially at home. They’ve notched two or more at home against Salzburg, Guimaraes and Liege, as well as against Strasbourg in qualifying.

It is perhaps worrying that Thursday’s hosts are without a clean sheet since the competition entered the group stages. Arsenal, Guimaraes, Liege and Salzburg have all scored at Commerzbank-Arena, so there’s certainly hope for the visitors.

Without taking anything away from their achievement of reaching the last 16, Basel have had something of an easy ride. 

Being drawn against limited opposition in APOEL was never going to provide the Swiss side with the sternest of tests, and they predictably made light work of progressing. It will be interesting to see how they fare now up against opposition of a higher calibre.

Away from home, Basel have delivered something of a mixed bag in the Europa League this season. They clinched victory away at Getafe, which as La Liga teams have found out this season, isn’t easy to do, though they failed to beat Krasnodar and Trabzonspor, both of whom failed to progress from the groups, losing 1-0 in Russia and drawing 2-2 in Turkey.

Frankfurt are no strangers to seeing the goals fly in at Commerzbank-Arena and the hosts are fancied to serve up more of the same on Thursday evening. 

The hosts have scored left, right and center at home in this competition in recent times, but clean sheets have eluded them, while Basel have only failed to score in one out of four away in Europe this season. 

Injured or Suspended Players

Eintracht Frankfurt: Russ, Fernandes, Dost and Lucas Torro.

Basel: Kuzmanovic, Van der Werff, Zuffi, Bua and Van Wolfswinkel.

Pre-Match Odds

Eintracht Frankfurt: 1.704
Draw: 4.18
Basel: 5.25

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Basel Predictions

Eintracht Frankfurt have never lost a Europa League knockout match at the Commerzbank-Arena, winning three and drawing three. Basel are yet to face really strong opposition in this season's competition and are lacking match practice, so they will likely come unstuck here.
Our Betting Tip:
Home Win @ 1.70
Correct Score:
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Basel @ 8.50

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