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Benfica to end Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa League campaign

17 April 2019 | Europa League | Preview
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Benfica to end Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa League campaign
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Benfica head to Germany to play Eintracht Frankfurt leading 4-2 on aggregate in their Europa League quarterfinal tie.

Frankfurt suffered their first loss of their Europa League campaign in Portugal as Benfica’s teen sensation Joao Felix tallied a hat-trick. The game wasn’t without controversy, however.

Evan N’Dicka was sent off for Frankfurt in the 20th minute for a straight red card. Felix converted the ensuing penalty, but had VAR been used on the night, there is the chance N’Dicka would have stayed on the pitch.

His sending off was the cause of Frankfurt’s inability to keep Benfica out of goal. But the Eagles did manage two away scores. They nearly had a third, but it was ruled out due to a debatable offside call.

Frankfurt’s scoring ability means they are not out of the tie, but a subsequent 3-1 Bundesliga loss Augsburg in which Gelson Fernandes was sent off, shows they may have run out of steam.

Prior to their loss in Portugal, Adi Hutter’s side had gone unbeaten in 15 matches. Now, they must score two goals without reply to make the semifinals of the Europa League.

While Frankfurt lost at the weekend, Benfica picked up another win to remain at the top of the Portuguese Liga table. In-form teenager Felix scored once more as Benfica defeated Setubal 4-2.

It can’t be argued that Benfica’s success in the first leg was due to N’Dicka’s sending off. Hutter continued to play aggressive, attacking football in search of away goals, which he got.

Frankfurt suffered in the second half due to fatigue and Benfica took advantage of that tiredness.

If any team in the Europa League can overcome a two-goal deficit it is Frankfurt. They will be boosted by Ante Rebic’s return after picking up a knock in the first leg. However, they will be without striker Sebastien Haller.

Rebic, Haller, and Luka Jovic have tallied 54 goals in all competitions this season. Frankfurt does have Goncalo Paciencia on the bench. The Portuguese player scored Frankfurt’s second goal in the first leg.

Both clubs played domestically on Sunday and neither will have a real advantage in terms of rest for Thursday night’s match.

The issue Frankfurt have is not scoring goals, because they have proven throughout the season they can; but the problem is Benfica’s attack. Even with 11 men on the pitch, Frankfurt will struggle to keep Benfica out of goal.

A Benfica away goal will change the complexion of the fixture. As it stands, Frankfurt need two goals to win the match and the tie. But a Benfica score means Frankfurt need further goals.

One thing is for sure, this game will be fun to watch as goals fly in. Expect over 2.5 goals scored as the two sides duke it out for progression.

Predictions for Europa League

Home team - Away team Forebet
flag_14  EL
Valencia CFArsenal
09/05/2019 20:00
1
flag_14  EL
ChelseaEintracht Frankfurt
09/05/2019 20:00
1
flag_14  EL
ArsenalValencia CF
02/05/2019 20:00
1
flag_14  EL
Eintracht FrankfurtChelsea
02/05/2019 20:00
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Europa League - predictions, tips, statistics
Group A
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Bayer Leverkusen 13 6 4 1 1 16 9 7
2. FC Zürich 10 6 3 1 2 7 6 1
3. AEK Larnaka 5 6 1 2 3 6 12 -6
4. Ludogorets 4 6 0 4 2 5 7 -2
Group B
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. RB Salzburg 18 6 6 0 0 17 6 11
2. Celtic FC 9 6 3 0 3 6 8 -2
3. RB Leipzig 7 6 2 1 3 9 8 1
4. Rosenborg BK 1 6 0 1 5 4 14 -10
Group C
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Zenit 11 6 3 2 1 6 5 1
2. Slavia Praha 10 6 3 1 2 4 3 1
3. Girondins Bordeaux 7 6 2 1 3 6 6 0
4. FC København 5 6 1 2 3 3 5 -2
Group D
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Dinamo Zagreb 14 6 4 2 0 11 3 8
2. Fenerbahçe SK 8 6 2 2 2 7 7 0
3. Spartak Trnava 7 6 2 1 3 4 7 -3
4. Anderlecht 3 6 0 3 3 2 7 -5
Group E
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Arsenal 16 6 5 1 0 12 2 10
2. Sporting CP 13 6 4 1 1 13 3 10
3. Vorskla 3 6 1 0 5 4 13 -9
4. Karabakh Agdam 3 6 1 0 5 2 13 -11
Group F
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Real Betis 12 6 3 3 0 7 2 5
2. Olympiakos Pireus 10 6 3 1 2 11 6 5
3. AC Milan 10 6 3 1 2 12 9 3
4. F91 Dudelange 1 6 0 1 5 3 16 -13
Group G
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Villarreal CF 10 6 2 4 0 12 5 7
2. Rapid Wien 10 6 3 1 2 6 9 -3
3. Rangers FC 6 6 1 3 2 8 8 0
4. Spartak Moscow 5 6 1 2 3 8 12 -4
Group H
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Eintracht Frankfurt 18 6 6 0 0 17 5 12
2. Lazio 9 6 3 0 3 9 11 -2
3. Apollon Limassol 7 6 2 1 3 10 10 0
4. Marseille 1 6 0 1 5 6 16 -10
Group I
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Racing Genk 11 6 3 2 1 14 8 6
2. Malmö FF 9 6 2 3 1 7 6 1
3. Besiktas JK 7 6 2 1 3 9 11 -2
4. Sarpsborg 08 5 6 1 2 3 8 13 -5
Group J
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Sevilla FC 12 6 4 0 2 18 6 12
2. FK Krasnodar 12 6 4 0 2 8 8 0
3. Standard Liège 10 6 3 1 2 7 9 -2
4. Akhisarspor 1 6 0 1 5 4 14 -10
Group K
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Dynamo Kiev 11 6 3 2 1 10 7 3
2. Stade Rennais 9 6 3 0 3 7 8 -1
3. FC Astana 8 6 2 2 2 7 7 0
4. FK Jablonec 5 6 1 2 3 6 8 -2
Group L
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Chelsea 16 6 5 1 0 12 3 9
2. BATE Borisov 9 6 3 0 3 9 9 0
3. Vidi FC 7 6 2 1 3 5 7 -2
4. PAOK Salonica 3 6 1 0 5 5 12 -7

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