Eintracht Frankfurt hosts Arsenal in round 1 of the Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 19th at Commerzbank-Arena (Frankfurt)
Eintracht had to overcome the entire qualification sieve to get to the group stage of the Europa League. And it coped with that task with dignity. The team knocked out Estonian Flora from the tournament, scoring 2 goals in each of the matches. Then the Eagles beat Vaduz, having shipped it 5 unanswered goals in Liechtenstein and only one goal at home. At the final stage, the opponent was much more serious. The Germans lost to French Strasbourg away (0-1) but took convincing 3-0 revenge at home. In the local championship, the Eagles played 4 rounds and scored in each of them. And they score more than one goal in the home game against Fortuna.
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Arsenal was the finalist of the last Europa League draw. But in the final, the compatriots from Chelsea hammered the Gunners 4 goals. After a short off-season pause, Arsenal played 3 matches in the International Champions Cup. The team conceded in 2 of them, and Real scored it 2 goals. In the Emirates Cup, which was held at their stadium, the Gunners conceded 2 goals from Lyon. Besides, they held 3 more friendly games and conceded in 2 of them. Arsenal conceded even from a club from the national English league Borkham Wood, and even 3 goals. In the last 4 matches of the Premier League, Arsenal couldn’t keep a clean sheet. And it conceded more than 1 goal in the 3 last ones. The conclusion suggests itself: Emery didn’t work enough on the defense in the offseason. Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac and David Luis, bought from Chelsea, have not found proper mutual understanding yet.
They will not show this mutual understanding in Frankfurt. Eintracht is rather strong at home. In the last championship, this team lost at home only 5 times. And most importantly, it scores at home regularly. Even in 3 lost games of the previous championship, it answered with a goal scored. As for statistics at Commerzbank-Arena, the Eagles did not score in only 3 of 17 matches. In this season, they already held 16 games and did not score in only one of them. And in 11 cases, Eintracht scored more than 1 time. The 25-year-old Portuguese legionary Paciencia reveals his talents as part of the Eagles. He scored 3 goals in 4 rounds of Bundesliga and the same 3 goals in the Europa League qualification. Why should he score in the upcoming match? As we can see, the player is in excellent shape. The defense of the visitors isn’t impenetrable, and as the last results show, it is full of gaps. As a result, the hosts won’t let Arsenal keep a clean sheet. And they are highly likely to score more than 1 time.
Prediction for the match: Eintracht Frankfurt to score over 1.0 goal