Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea
Europa League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 2nd May 2019
Kick off at: 19.00 GMT
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
The Blues are temporarily shifting their Premier League focus to Europe as this midweek they set for a battle. Maurizio Sarri’s men will be facing Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of Europa League semi final tie on Thursday.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear up for this Europa League semi final first leg clash. Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting a precious win.
Expected Formation: 3-4-1-2
Probable Lineups: Trapp(g);Hinteregger, Hasebe, Abraham(def);Da Costa, Rode, Fernandes, Kostic(mid);Gacinovic(att mid); Jovic, Pacienca(att).
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Kepa(g);Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson(def);Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley(mid);Pedro, Giroud, Hazard(att).
Before heading into this midweek Europa League tie, both teams have been involved in other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have a clear idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): LLWDD
Frankfurt haven’t been getting the best of results in their last five fixtures. Adi Hutter’s side only won once, while losing twice and got one draw out of that five matches.
Their latest league match ended in a goalless draw, putting their top four spot under lots of pressure. Die Adler will try to change their focus in Europa League this midweek and take down Chelsea.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WLWDD
The Blues themselves have been picking up mixed results with two wins, two draws and one defeat on their recent five games. Their latest two league fixtures all ends in consecutive draws, 2-2 against Burnley and 1-1 as they play Manchester United.
Sarri’s men remain confident with his team’s chances to take home an important victory. A win will be a big boost that they can take into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Hutter won’t be able to put out his best possible squad with Tawatha injured and Ante Rebic having to serve his suspension. Meanwhile, Sebastian Haller’s condition remain uncertain, though he could still make to the bench.
Luka Jovic remain as the Bundesliga side’s top player, who can decide the game on his own. Die Adler will try their best to maximize that home game advantage in the first leg.
Sarri’s side also have some injury concern for this midweek with Hudson-Odoi and Rudiger being out. There’s also strong uncertainties regarding Willian’s condition, though it looks like he will make it.
Hazard could get a rare start in Europa League, partnering Giroud and Pedro up front. Jorginho will continue to organize the midfield for the Blues this midweek.
Head to Head Records:
Both teams never met each others in Europa League before, so their upcoming two legged tie will be their first encounter.
Die Adler are very determined in pushing victory on game 2, but they will face strong battle for Chelsea. Hutter will try to put out his best available squad and take maximum result in this first leg match.
The Blues themselves will also be targeting victory as they’ve been doing well so far in the competition. Sarri’s team are slightly favorite to win, but Frankfurt are no slouch.
Final Score: 1-1