On March 12 we will see the first match of the 1/8 finals of Europa League, in which Eintracht Frankfurt on their field will play against Basel.
It was not known until the last moment whether the spectators would be allowed to this match or not. On Wednesday morning, the head of Frankfurt Healthcare, Stefan Majer, gave an optimistic press conference, and urged not to fall into panic and said that fans would be able to watch football from the stands. However, in the evening of the same day, in connection with new information about the spread of coronavirus, Mr. Majer revised his decision. Still no spectators!
What will be the outcome of the first leg? – Here is our prediction for you.
At what time will Eitracht and Basel play?
The game time is March 12, 2020, 18:55 (UTC+1).
Where the match will be shown?
DAZN, beIN Sports, ESPN, ESPN, DStv Now, Sky Sport
Who are topscorers of the teams?
The topscorer in Eintracht is the midfielder Filip Kostic with 12 goals in all competitions. Fabian Frei in Basel with his 12 goals is the main goalscorer in Basel.
How many wins, draws and losses do the teams have?
Eintracht has 8 wins, 4 draws and 12 losses and FC Basel has 12 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in their championshiops.
Predictions and Tips
- MoneyLine Pick: Eintracht will win
- Over Under Pick: The Total Will Go Under 2.5
- Computer Predicted Score: 2-0
Eintracht footballers are not in the best spirits right now. In the final round of the German championship they were defeated on the road by Bayer with a score of 4:0. This is the third consecutive loss in the Bundesliga. The chances of a place in the European competitions were already low, and now they have fallen almost to a minimum.
In the Europa League, Adi Huetter’s players perform noticeably better than they did in the championship. In 1/16 they passed Salzburg without much trouble. The Austrians lost 6-3 in the sum of two games. Earlier, the team from Frankfurt took second place in the quartet with Arsenal, Standard and Vitoria Guimaraes.
The Eagles are a typical home team. In the Bundesliga at home, they gained 6 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats. In European competitions on their home field they also have quite solid performance statistics. In 22 games only 3 losses were recorded, with 15 victories and 4 world outcomes.
The best striker in LE is Daichi Kamada. The Japanese has 6 successful strikes.
Possible lineup: Trapp – Toure, Abraham (c), Hinteregger, N’Dicka – Hasebe, Rode – Chandler, Kamada, Kostic – Silva
Basel in the current Europa League draw looks very confident. In 6 matches in the group stage of the Europa League only 1 loss was recorded, with 4 victories and one world ending. As a result, Marcel Koller’s players won their quartet.
In 1/16, the opponent was APOEL. In the first match, the Cypriots lost 0-3 on their field. A week later, the Swiss were stronger at home with a score of 1-0, without much effort.
Basel may have tonus problems now. The last official match the team had, just on their field against APOEL. But now it is much more important that Marcel Koller’s wards have not played in the Swiss Super League for the second weekend in a row. The Swiss championship was suspended back in late February. The reason is, of course, coronavirus. In the penultimate round before going on holiday, Basel unexpectedly suffered a home defeat from FC Tun, and Zuffi being the key midfielder had to leave the field because of an injury. He won’t play against Eintracht either – as well as Wolfswinkel and Kuzmanovic who flew out earlier.
7 of the most recent 8 matches of Basel in the Europa League have one thing in common. In them, the first goal was scored directly by the Swiss team.
Possible lineup: Omlin – Widmer, Coemert, Alderete, Riveros – Xhaka (c), Frei – Stocker, Campo, Petretta – Arthur
Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Basel Prediction
It seems to me that for Eintracht, it is the home duel that is decisive in terms of entering the next round. The Eagles in their home field may well beat Basel, which is now without an official fight. The Germans are unlikely to be able to do so on a visit, given that in the Bundesliga they are almost the country’s worst team in terms of performance on foreign fields.
The guests are unlikely to be particularly tense. It is enough for them to score 1 goal, and play as safe as possible in defense. Even a 2-1 loss will suit them.
- We predict that Eintracht Frankfurt will win.
Betting Tips Statistic
- Eintracht won 5 matches out of the last 10 in all the competitions
- Basel succeeded in 6 games out of the latest 8 ones
- Eintracht scored less than two goals in 1 game out of the latest 9