Barcelona welcomes Eintracht Frankfurt for the second leg of the clubs’ Europa League quarterfinal clash. With the two sides level, the tie hangs in the balance on Thursday. You can live-bet on the Europa League action by using our sportsbook.
Barcelona: Amazing Run of Form
Barcelona is unbeaten in their last 15 fixtures ahead of their pivotal meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League. The two clubs played out an entertaining 1-1 at the Deutsche Bank Park last week and are vying for the chance to meet either West Ham United or Lyon in the semis of the competition.
It should come as no surprise that FC Barcelona’s midfield has vastly improved under the commands of Xavi. one of the greatest technicians to ever play for the Catalan giants. Xavi won four Champions League trophies playing alongside Leo Messi and Andres Iniesta.
Barca is better all over the pitch since he took over. He managed to raise the performances of Frenkie de Jong and Pedri, who are now guaranteed starters. All eight midfielders on the squad have netted at least one goal. Pedri and De Jong scored four goals each, understanding Xavi’s direction to get in scoring positions more frequently.
On top of that, newcomers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres are working great together in the final third. The duo was signed to boost Barça’s attack in the winter transfer window and they have both served that function brilliantly.
Barcelona took on Levante in La Liga on Sunday night, just before hosting Eintracht, and as always, the easiest oppositions on paper often prove to be the most difficult to take down on the pitch. Xavi rested two crucial players on the night, replacing Pedri and Gavi with de Jong and Nico Gonzalez in the middle of the pitch while Dani Alves returned at right back.
The Blaugrana managed to return home with the three points thanks to a last-minute goal from Luuk de Jong, who scored an emphatic winner in the 93rd minute. The hosts are huge favorites to go all the way and win the Europa League trophy and we expect them to have enough on Thursday against Eintracht, so we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Lack of Depth
We talked about Eintracht’s issues many times this season. They are not used to playing every three days because of their lack of squad depth. They played above their standards last week in Germany, pushed by their incredible fans, but failed to kill the game, missing many golden opportunities when they were leading the game.
Instead, they risked too much and they got red-carded in the 2nd, finally conceding the equalizer. Now we can even say they were lucky not to allow more goals because Barcelona was in full control in the last 20 minutes of the game. All in all, they must give their soul on the pitch on Thursday, but we don’t give them too many chances of pulling off the upset.
If you’re betting online and you’re watching the top five European leagues, you can understand how difficult it is for a team like Eintracht Frankfurt to play two important competitions at the same time by just checking their domestic results. All season long, they struggled domestically after a European fixture. Last weekend, they dropped all three points, losing 2-1 at home to Freiburg. That specific result will affect their next season’s European commitments, but also their confidence ahead of Thursday’s clash against Barcelona.
Midfielder Djibril Sow, who limped off with an injury in a 2-1 loss to Freiburg, is unlikely to feature in the return leg while Brazilian defender Tuta is suspended after being sent off in the reverse fixture.
Barcelona vs Frankfurt Head-to-Heads
Barcelona is hosting Frankfurt at a ground where they have kept four clean sheets in a row since that 1-1 draw with Napoli in the last-32 round back in February. The hosts have only been eliminated in one of their last six European ties when avoiding defeat in the first leg. Barcelona has looked full of creativity and penetration of late, and over 2½ goals has landed in seven of their last 10 fixtures across all competitions.
Barcelona vs Frankfurt Game Information
- Game: Barcelona vs Frankfurt
- Location: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 14, 3 p.m. ET
- Live stream: fubo.tv
Barcelona vs Frankfurt Betting Lines
Barcelona vs Frankfurt Predictions
The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites at -250 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at three.
Frankfurt can again play on the counter and maybe once more prove to be a difficult opponent for the Blaugrana, although the suspended Tuta will be sorely missed. Having failed to capitalize on numerous chances to kill the game off in the first leg, Eintracht Frankfurt will definitely feel the pressure here and they will commit mistakes. Barcelona’s attacking firepower is well known and the pace and creativity will be on their side so we expect them to comfortably win this clash.
Our sportsbook is offering you many betting opportunities and one of the most valuable props to bet on is the “Half-Time/Full-Time” market. Barcelona knows what to expect from the Germans in the second leg and they will try to make their life easier and kill the game from half-time and the price on that is +110. For our official pick, we will combine two markets: the moneyline and the goals one.