Basel are looking to complete the job against Eintracht Frankfurt as the Europa League returns from its five-month hiatus this week. The RotBlau hold a commanding lead from the first leg of this last-16 tie, with their German visitors having it all to do on Thursday night.
Where and when: St. Jakob-Park – 6 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Basel vs. Eintracht Frankfurt: BT Sport
Last time: Samuele Campo, Kevin Bua and Fabian Frei were all on target as Basel secured an excellent 3-0 victory at the Waldstadion back in March.
Basel v Eintracht Frankfurt Predictions and Preview
Basel are the hot favourites to progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where either Shakhtar Donetsk or Wolfsburg await. The Swiss outfit must get past another German side first though, with Eintracht Frankfurt coming into this game following a sizeable break following the culmination of the Bundesliga.
While Basel only have three full days between their final Swiss Super League fixture and this match, Frankfurt have been able to prepare for this game since the end of June. Die Adler warmed up for it with a friendly against Monaco on Saturday, although only time will tell if their extended break turns out to be a positive thing for them.
Basel coach Marcel Koller has had the opportunity to utilise his squad with his team long guaranteed to finish in the Europa League places in the Super League, and nowhere near claiming their first title since 2017.
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Basel to win to nil
Basel to win 3-0
Arthur to score first
The RotBlau have been in decent enough form since they returned to action towards the end of June, just as Frankfurt were wrapping things up. The Bundesliga side enjoyed a solid end to the season themselves, winning five of their last seven games, but that momentum has surely been lost during their long period of inactivity.
With that in mind, it seems highly unlikely Frankfurt will overturn their deficit from the first leg. They are out at 14/1 to qualify for the next round, with Basel the overwhelming favourites at 1/33. There are much better odds to be found on the outcome of this individual match, with the hosts priced at 10/7 for the win. Frankfurt are 16/9, while the draw’s available at 14/5.
One to watch for Basel: Brazilian forward Arthur Cabral has had a strong season in front of goal in his debut season for Basel, netting 18 goals in all competitions. He is 21/4 to break the deadlock in this game.
One to watch for Eintracht Frankfurt: Portugal international Andre Silva is two behind Cabral with 16 goals to his name this term. The former Porto and Milan forward is 13/2 to strike first on Thursday.
Long shot: Basel scored twice in the last 20 minutes to put the gloss on their first-leg victory in this tie. Frankfurt could be rusty and off the pace after their long break, with the home team available at 28/1 for another 3-0 win in this second leg. With Arthur scoring first, those odds rise to 130/1.