Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Chelsea are guarenteed Champions League football next season whether they win this competition or not after securing a top-four finish in the Premier League on Sunday. That should lift some of the pressure off of Chelsea’s shoulders here.

Frankfurt, meanwhile, were turned over 6-1 by Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, with all six goals conceded coming in the first half. Unlike Chelsea, their hold of fourth place in their respective league is hanging by a thread and their confidence may be shattered coming into this match.

Chelsea haven’t lost at Stamford Bridge in more than two months and know they have the insurance of an away goal from the first leg, making them favourites here. Frankfurt should not be underestimated but it would be a surprise if Chelsea didn’t make the final from here.

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With a top four finish secured, Mauzirio Sarri should go with his strongest available team on Thursday. It remains to be seen whether he will stick with Olivier Giroud, who is the competition’s top scorer, or go with regular first choice striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Eintracht Frankfurt- Ante Rebic missed the first leg through suspension and his availability is a huge boost for Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga outfit are also boosted by the availability of Sébastien Haller, who is included in the squad having missed the last eight matches in all competitions through injury.

If Haller is fit to start, Rebic and Mijat Gacinovic are in competition for one starting spot in the XI. Frankfurt may in fact change formation, dropping Makoto Hasebe back into defence. David Abraham will hope to keep his place in the team ahead of Evan Ndicka.

Match Facts

Chelsea are undefeated in their last 16 Europa League matches.

Eintracht Frankfurt are undefeated in 16 of their last 17 matches (UEFA Europa League).

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As at the time this post Chelsea has 1.39 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Eintracht Frankfurt has 8.58 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 5.33.

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