After a terrible start to the season, Barcelona have been rejuvenated with the arrival of Xavi as head coach and now welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the Camp Nou with this Europa League quarter final tie finely balanced at 1-1. The winner of West Ham vs. Lyon awaits in the last four.
Where and when: Camp Nou – 14 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Eintracht Frankfurt: BT Sport
Last time: These two clubs had never met in a competitive fixture before the first leg game last week in which Barcelona came away from Germany with a 1-1 draw.
Barcelona vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Predictions and Preview
Although Barcelona have probably left it too late to catch bitter rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga now, a season that seemed to be heading for a disastrous ending is now looking a little brighter. A second place finish in the league is achievable – and winning the Europa League would qualify the Blaugrana for next season’s Champions League.
There is a long way to go until that happens though – and Barca have to overcome a spirited Eintracht Frankfurt side that played the last 15 minutes of the first leg with only ten men after losing Tuta to a red card. Frankfurt’s European hopes from the league all but ended at the weekend after losing to Freiburg, so head coach Oliver Glasner will know just how important this game now is.
Barcelona are the form team of the two but needed a stoppage time winner to take all three points from bottom of the table Levante on Sunday.
Barcelona vs. Eintracht Frankfurt full time result odds
Barcelona will likely have Gerard Piqué unavailable for this one through injury but may see Memphis Depay and Sergiño Dest return after some time out. Dest would be particularly useful as Dani Alves is ineligible to play in this competition.
Frankfurt have no real injuries worries ahead of this game on Thursday and Xavi will know that the Bundesliga side has not lost a single game in Europe this season. Barca will still be favourites to win at 2/5 though.
Barcelona vs. Eintracht Frankfurt both teams to score odds
Frankfurt have not been particularly prolific this season but have managed to find the net in every single one of their Europa League games – home and away. That will give the German club some hope at the Camp Nou against a Barcelona side that continue to post some decent results and scored four unanswered in El Clásico recently. Both teams to score at 4/5 looks to be the way to go in this market.
Barcelona vs. Eintracht Frankfurt correct score odds
Three of the Europa League quarter final first leg games finished 1-1 last week, suggesting that the high goal count of earlier rounds has made way for a more measured approach. But Rangers were the only ones of the eight remaining teams that failed to score and there could be a repeat performance on Thursday. This is now the most important competition for both clubs and a 2-1 win for Barca looks good at odds of 8/1.
Barcelona vs. Eintracht Frankfurt first goalscorer odds
Most people will expect Barcelona to open the scoring at home and that probably means one of Aubameyang or Torres to take the first goalscorer honours. They have shared the goals so far in the competition and Xavi obviously feels as though they can work well together attacking the Frankfurt back line. Of the two, Torres will probably attract the longer odds, so he might be the one to go for here.