Eintracht Frankfurt v Chelsea Betting Tips: Will Blues get the job done in Germany?
Odds and preview for Europa League semi-final first leg
Only four teams remain in this year’s Europa League competition, and with a spot in next year’s Champions League up for grabs, Chelsea will be looking to get off to a fast start in Germany against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Both sides have injury concerns ahead of the first-leg tie, but Chelsea will need to grab a crucial away goal to boost their chances of making it through to the Europa League final.
Frankfurt are defensively sound and pose a huge threat going forward. Can Sarri set up his side to tame Die Adler, or will it be Frankfurt take the advantage back to Stamford Bridge?
Ahead of tonight’s first leg on BT Sport 3 at 8:00pm, you’ll find all the odds and info right here…
It’s the first meeting between Frankfurt and Chelsea, but both sides have faced opposition from their respective countries before.
Frankfurt have come up against English opposition on 11 previous occasions, and have only won three times. Those wins came against Burnley in 1967, West Ham United in 1976 and Tottenham Hotspur in 1982. They’ve drawn a further three and lost five times.
In 18 games against German teams, Chelsea have a solid record. They’ve notched 10 wins, and lost four and drawn four times too, most notably a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final.
The German side walked through their group, winning all six games, before overcoming Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica on their way to the semis, losing only once.
Chelsea also breezed through their group, picking up 16 points, but are unbeaten in the Europa League this term. They’ve battled past Malmo, Dynamo Kyiv and Slavia Prague on their route to the last four.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp; Ndicka, Hinteregger, Hasebe; Costa, Rode, Fernandes, Kostic; Gacinovic; Paciencia, Jovic.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Hazard, Giroud, Willian.
Eintracht Frankfurt will be without two of their three influential forward players for the first leg, though it’s expected they’ll all team up again in the away tie.
Sebastien Haller has missed their previous seven matches and is suffering from an abdominal strain, while Ante Rebic picked up a suspension for the first leg through an accumulation of yellow cards in this season’s competition.
The German side are also likely to be without Timothy Chandler, who has been suffering with knocks all season.
Chelsea are facing a defensive crisis and are down to only two first-team centre backs. David Luiz and Andreas Christensen are the only two that are fit, with Antonio Rudiger out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury, Gary Cahill suffering an Achilles tendon problem and Ethan Ampadu still out through a back injury.
They’ll also be without the influential Callum Hudson-Odoi. The young English winger has scored four Europa League goals this term, but he’s undergone surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon and will not return to the pitch this campaign. Willian or Pedro will fill his void for this clash.
It’s a battle of the in-form strikers at the Commerzbank-Arena tonight, with Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud and Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic battling it out to become the competitions top scorer this season.
Giroud has bagged 10 goals already, with Jovic back on 8, but the young Serbian footballer has caught the eye of every top club this season for his goalscoring, and with good reason.
Eden Hazard is likely to once again be crucial to the Blues’ creativity. Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter hinted that he’d come up with a plan to stop the Belgian from having an impact by doubling up on the winger, after rating Hazard as ‘one of the top three players in the world.’
Jorginho has struggled to live up to the expectations of the Chelsea fans this season, but with the Italian midfielder still looking to make an impression, he could be a key figure here. Sebastian Rode and Gelson Fernandes are likely to be the two in the middle for Frankfurt that are tasked with shutting him down.
Eintracht will be looking to take advantage of Chelsea’s defensive frailties, and with Jovic up top, it could be a tough night for Luiz and Christensen. They’re 19/10 to win at home, with the Germans 13/8 outsiders to make it to the final.
Giroud is only a couple of games away from bagging the Europa League golden boot, but he’ll want to add to his tally here. The Frenchman is 6/1 to score first, with 12/5 on a goal anytime for the Chelsea man.
Fancy Chelsea to grab a vital away goal? 21/20 says Both Teams to Score.
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