8/6/20 3 pm
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FC Basel is welcoming Eintracht Frankfurt to St. Jakob-Park in the second leg of Round of 16 in the Europa League.
Basel is playing well, and they have lost only 1 of their last 9 games in Swiss Super League, but with 4 draws in their last 5 games, Basel has lost the title race. With 62 points, Basel has ended the season in 3rd place, which was enough to get them into the Europa League qualifications for next season. Basel was the best defensive team in the Super League this season with only 38 conceded goals in 36 games, while their offense has been solid with 74 scored goals. In the Europa League, Basel was outstanding, and they have won their group with 13 points, while in the first round of knockouts, Basel has beaten Apoel Nicosia 0-3 and 1-0. Zuffi, Omlin, Ramires, and Pululu are all injured, while Kaise is suspended, and none of these players will be playing in this match. Frei is Basel’s leading goalscorer in the Europa League with 4 goals, while Bua added 3 goals and 2 assists. Basel is a good team, one of the best in Switzerland, and they are in the competitive rhythm, but Basel must proceed with caution despite their big 3-0 lead from the first leg.
Eintracht has been playing really well in their last 4 games in Bundesliga, but that was over a month ago. Since Bundesliga ended, Eintracht has played only 1 game, and that was a friendly match against Monaco, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Eintracht was close to qualifying for the Europa League next season, but they ended up in 9th place with 45 points, and the only way Eintracht will play in one of the European competitions next season is if they win the Europa League this season, which is highly unlikely. Bad defense is Eintracht’s biggest problem this season, and they conceded massive 60 goals in Bundesliga this season. Offensively, Eintracht was solid with 59 scored goals. As far as the Europa League goes, Eintracht ended the group stage in second place with 9 points, 8 scored goals, and 10 conceded goals. Eintracht has knocked out Red Bull Salzburg in the first round of the knockouts, but they lost the first leg against Basel at home. With 6 goals and 2 assists, Kamada is Eintracht’s top goalscorer in the Europa League, while Silva and Kostic both added 2 goals. Brugger is injured, while Sow is suspended because of the yellow cards. Eintracht has their work cut out for them in this game, but they are certainly capable of turning this matchup around because they have the quality, I just hope that this long break had a positive effect on Eintracht.
Basel has a huge advantage in this game, and if they will defend well, I think Basel will advance, but if they conceded a goal early in the game, all hell might break loose and Basel could complicate things.