Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Basel 1893 betting tip & odds comparison 12.03.2020
Gameweek 1 in the Europa League will see the clash between Frankfurt and FC Basel at Deutsche Bank Park. Kick-off time is at 6:55 PM on Mar 12, 2020. In our preview of Frankfurt vs. FC Basel we will provide you with all the important facts and stats for this Europa League fixture. Let’s start by having a look at the current form of the two teams involved.
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Frankfurt – Basel
Eintracht Frankfurt play host to Basel at their Commerzbank-Arena in the Europa League last 16, first leg.
Frankfurt are having an indifferent season. They are struggling in the Bundesliga but have been put up terrific performances in Europe. They are stuck in the 12th position in the Bundesliga with 28 points, and are by all indications are closer to the relegation zone than to European slots. Frankfurt have lost last three domestic matches to Borussia Dortmund, Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen and have shipped in a massive 10 goals in that span while only scoring 1 goal themselves.
In Europa, however, it has been a different story. They came through a group that included 2018/19 beaten finalists Arsenal and 10-time Belgian champions Standard Liege, before dispatching the dominant force on Austria’s club football scene in the previous round. Eintracht Frankfurt were big underdogs against Salzburg, but they have managed to eliminate the Austrian champions thanks to amazing efficiency. The Vultures scored six goals in those two duels, conceding three. Andre Silva’s brace against Red Bull Salzburg in the previous round helped set up Eintracht Frankfurt’s last 16 tie with Basel
This had their fans dreaming about another glorious run like their 14-match UEFA Europa League adventure in 2018/19 which brought memorable knockout phase wins over three teams that had crossed over in mid-season from the UEFA Champions League – Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale and Benfica – before they were beaten on penalties in the semi-final by eventual winners Chelsea. That European run was accompanied by a seventh-place finish in the Bundesliga.
They have been more confident in front of the home fans and Adi Hutter will be hoping his charges will turn it up at home as they have done all through this competition. A lot will depend on how quickly they can get off the blocks on Thursday night.
Their standout performers this season are Serbian winger Filip Kostic and Dachi Kamada who scored a hat-trick against Salzburg.
Basel had a rather slow start to their domestic league but they have since picked it up since early February but have a lot of catching up to do. They are currently in third place, sitting five points behind Super League pace-setters St Gallen and 2nd placed Young Boys. Basel have bagged three wins in the last five outings and suffered a narrow loss to Thun along the way. They have struggled to put up decent and consistent performances on their travels and this might work against them on Thursday night.
The RotBlau, however, have also reserved their best performances this Europa competition. Although they came from a relatively easier group, they proved their mettle in the two-legged tie against Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia. They easily dispatched of them with a 4-0 aggregate win to set up this showdown with Eintracht Frankfurt who could present them with the biggest challenge they are yet to face in the competition.
Marcel Koller’s team have not played competitively since winning the home fixture of that APOEL tie 1-0, however, with the Swiss Super League currently suspended until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
Former Mainz midfielder Fabian Frei scored the only goal of that game from the penalty spot and, alongside Valentin Stocker (Hertha Berlin) and Zdravko Kuzmanovic (VfB Stuttgart), is one of three ex-Bundesliga players in the Basel squad. Ominously, Basel have lost all four of their previous knockout ties against German opposition, losing on their last three trips across the border without scoring, among them a 7-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Koller will be hoping to turn that tide in their favor with a much better performance against a team they quite frankly feel they have a chance against.
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FRANKFURT V BASEL BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS
Frankfurt have been quite solid at home in this competition. Having said that, their defence has been awful in the last few games, soaking in bucketloads of goals – 10 in their last 3 games alone, including a 4-0 loss in their last league game. Basel have a chance to sneak in at least a goal here. Our first betting tip is, therefore, BTTS @ 1.80
We expect an exciting game here with opportunities for both teams. We also expect Frankfurt’s good run in this competition to continue and we are backing Bet9ja’s betting app Home Win option @ 1.63.
Our last betting tip for the game is Goal Over 2.5 @ 1.82