Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist (Kharkhiv).
Eintracht Frankfurt were one of the most impressive teams in the group phase of Europa League this season. They topped a challenging Group H with a perfect record of six wins in six games even though they played the likes of Lazio and Olympique Marseille in the process. Nevertheless, the last 32 round draw was brutal for them as German hopefuls will battle Shakhtar Donetsk for a place in the R16.
Ukrainian champions have a strong European pedigree in the last decade and they won’t be underdogs ahead of the tie in spite of Eintracht’s aforementioned run. Shakhtar were very close to snatching the second place in Champions League Group F, but they dropped the victory over Lyon in the last round allowing the French side to find the equalizer and advance into the knockout stage on their expense.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Head-to-head
The two teams did not have the opportunity to play each other in the past.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Prediction
Shakhtar will be handicapped here given they were not in action since mid-December last year as Ukrainian Premier League kicks off only in two weeks after the winter break. They were a tough opposition to the likes of Lyon and Hoffenheim in the Champions League. Paulo Fonseca’s men only lost two of six matches along the way, both to Manchester City (6-0 and 3-0).
The hosts have a much greater European experience in the recent history and it will no doubts play a big role here. However, we can’t underestimate Eintracht who have a brutal attacking line-up with the likes of Luka Jovic, Ante Rebic and Sebastien Haller.
Frankfurt’s defensive line showed signs of improvements of late as the team kept a clean sheet in the weekend’s goalless draw away at RB Leipzig. We expect a very interesting affair between two attackingly-minded sides and backing goals at both ends looks to be just the way to go here.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10)
Draw at the half time @ 2.20 (6/5).