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Barcelona will resume its campaign in the Europa League 2021-22, as it travels to Germany this Thursday to take on hosts Frankfurt in what will be the first leg of the quarterfinals.
Eintracht Frankfurt managed to complete the group stages of the Europa League without facing any defeat and topped Group D with 12 points. It then faced Real Betis in the round of 16, again avoiding defeat in both legs, and advancing into the quarterfinals with an aggregate score of 3-2. The club has been in decent form of late and has not lost a game in its last 5 matches across competitions.
In its last game before the international break, Frankfurt held a higher-ranked Leipzig to a goalless draw in the Bundesliga and will be quite hopeful as it hosts the Spanish club in the midweek contest. However, according to most football betting sites, the hosts are likely to face a stiff challenge in this game.
Barcelona has had one of its worst seasons in recent years, failing to reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the first time in 17 years. The Catalan club finished third in Group E after 3 losses in 6 games, and finished behind Bayern Munich and Benfica, crossing over to the Europa League. Barcelona faced Napoli in the knockout playoffs and advanced to the round of 16 with an aggregate of 5-3.
In the round of 16, it was held to a goalless draw in the first leg by Galatasaray but made it into the quarterfinals after winning the second leg 2-1. Ever since his appointment, coach Xavi Hernandez has brought about a huge change in the club’s fortunes, and it has now played 12 games without facing a loss. Sitting in 4th place in the La Liga tables, Barcelona is trying hard to book an automatic spot in next year’s Champions League.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Eintracht Frankfurt vs F. C. Barcelona Europa League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Deutsche Bank Park Stadium, Frankfurt, on 7th April 2022.
With both the teams having full-strength squads to choose from, this game promises to be an engaging watch. However, one matter of concern for Xavi will be that 5 of his first-team players, Eric Garcia, Busquets, Pique, Gavi, and Jordi Alba are one yellow card away from getting suspended. He will therefore have to tread carefully in order to ensure that none of them miss out on the crucial second leg.
We expect the visitors to play an attacking game, and are likely to gain an early advantage before going into the second leg.
Bet on Barcelona to win.
Barcelona has scored 2 or more goals in 7 of its last 8 games, and both the away games in Europa League have seen more than 2.5 goals being scored while Frankfurt has scored an aggregate of 9 goals in its last 5 games. Frankfurt has scored at least one goal in each game of the Europa League this season.
Everything points to this being a high-paced goal-filled encounter and that is what we are betting on to happen.