Chelsea vs Eintracht Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Chelsea vs Eintracht Europa League
Chelsea vs Eintracht Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 1-1.

Penalty: 4-3.

Chelsea came back from the first leg in Germany with a crucial away goal but there are no guarantees of progression to the Europa League final, with Eintracht Frankfurt more than capable of getting a result in London.

Predictions

Luka Jovic continued his storming season with the opening goal of the first leg but by the final whistle it was Chelsea feeling like they had the best result, as a 1-1 draw in the away leg of a knockout European tie is not something to dismiss.

Indeed, it means Frankfurt have to go to Stamford Bridge and score at least once – and considering they’re likely to face Eden Hazard from the start this time, they’ll probably need more than that. Jovic and co are capable of getting goals against any opposition, but will they be able to keep Chelsea out long enough at the other end?

The Frankfurt lead didn’t even last until half time in the first leg, with Pedro Rodriguez equalising on the stroke of the interval. Hazard was only introduced at the hour mark and by the 90 minutes, Chelsea had hit the bar with a David Luiz free kick, rained 16 shots on Frankfurt’s goal and largely dominated the game.

It’s to Frankfurt’s credit, then, that they are still in the tie ahead of the second leg. Adi Hutter’s side have still not lost at home in the competition and in Jovic have the Europa League’s second-highest scorer, behind Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, and the goals of Jovic and the resolve of the team as a whole will be crucial in London.

That Frankfurt can’t sit back and defend a lead probably suits their nature anyway, but the key will be balancing the need to score with the need to prevent Chelsea extending their advantage. They went to Serie A giants Inter in a prior round and won 1-0, so they will know they can do it.

Chelsea and Frankfurt are the competition’s two highest-scoring teams, and yet they had only two goals in their first leg while Arsenal and Valencia had four. Frankfurt will give Chelsea everything they have at the Bridge, but they don’t have Hazard, and he’ll make the difference in a 2-1 Chelsea win.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

Chelsea won’t sit back and defend their away goals advantage either – and the popular bookmakers know that. Slavia Prague went to the Bridge and scored three goals – but conceded four – so Frankfurt can get on the scoresheet as well. 888Sport price Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 21/10.

Frankfurt held Chelsea close to them in the first leg, even as they rode their luck a little, and the second leg shouldn’t be much different. Parity at half time – which was how the first leg stood after 45 minutes – would keep the tension bubbling before Chelsea pull away. Unibet price the half time draw/full time Chelsea win at 7/2.

Statistics

Head to Head

The first leg was the first time Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt had met.

Stats

  • The first leg draw meant Chelsea are unbeaten in 16 Europa League games.
  • Chelsea have also won their last nine home Europa League matches.
  • Jovic’s ninth Europa League goal of the season leaves him behind only Giroud in the top scorers’ chart – the France international has 10.
  • Chelsea and Frankfurt have scored a combined 60 Europa League goals this season – 31 for the Blues, 29 for Die Adler.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

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