Eintracht Frankfurt vs Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena (Frankfurt).
Eintracht Frankfurt missed a huge opportunity to make the difference in this tie seven days ago when they had an extra man on the pitch for 80 minutes following Stepanenko’s 11th.minute red card. Nevertheless, Ukrainian giants showed a fantastic fighting spirit to fight their way to a 2-2 draw at the end leaving this last 32 round wide open as we head into the reverse fixture at Commerzbank-Arena.
It was no wonder the first match produced plenty of goals as both sides play attacking-minded football. We expect a similar scenario when they come across each other in the rematch on German soil as well. Frankfurt were probably the best attacking team in the group stage of Europa League as they notched two or more goals in all six matches en route to a perfect record. The Foals topped a strong group ahead of the likes of Lazio, Olympique Marseille and Apollon.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head affair between the two sides.
As mentioned above, the first leg ended in a 2-2 draw in Kharkiv.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Prediction
Shakhtar’s managed Paulo Fonseca was worried ahead of this tie because of the lack of competitive matches his men had at the start of the year. Ukrainian Premier League will not return to action after the winter break before late-February.
Nonetheless, it was not such an issue apparently as the team showed a strong display against one of toughest counterparts for this stage of the competition. Shakthar showed strength in the Champions League group phase claiming third spot in a very challenging group with Manchester City, Lyon and Hoffenheim. Ukrainians lost only to Man City on the occasion.
We just have to expect goals at both ends in this kind of match. As for the outcome, the draw is the most likable of three and we will go for it at the odds of 3.60.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.61 (8/13)
Draw @ 3.60 (13/5).