Barcelona meets Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinals. The two sides played 1-1 seven days ago in Germany, and both hope to advance to the next stage. Though, the bookmakers are heavily favoring the hosts, who are on a mission to win this competition and save the season. Anything other here but their win would be a massive surprise. Yet, the Eagles won’t back down for one inch because they, too, have plans. Creating a sensation at Camp Nou is one of them.
Barcelona (-250) escaped death in the closing moments of the game in Levante, beating one of the worst teams in the league, 2-3. They didn’t present any notable performance, but a win like this could create massive momentum and an energy shift for the upcoming events.
Something like that is necessary against Eintracht because it could be the most important event of the year for this unit. Blaugrana needs to win this trophy and save the season, otherwise, despite a significant improvement in their game, the 2021/22 campaign will be labeled as unsuccessful.
Barcelona is without a defeat in the last 16 games, posting 11 wins and four draws during that stretch. At home, they posted three wins and three draws in the previous six contests, with the note that Ter Stegen didn’t have to take the ball out of his net in the past four events.
Eintracht Frankfurt (+700) is winless after seven six games. They would post five consecutive draws, and lose this weekend at home to Freiburg, 1-2. We need to mention that the Eagles didn’t deserve to win here, despite what many believe.
Something happened with their form, which is why they experienced such a terrible performance drop. All those draws were with under 2.5 goals, while seven out of the previous 10 events across all the competitions saw both teams scoring.
The Eagles’ counter-attack is very good, which might be this crew’s biggest weapon. Filip Kostic is the key player for their results, and the Serbian is often inspired when playing against big teams.
Umtiti, Roberto, Pique, Fati, Dest and Depay are all injured for this game.
Tuta received a red card which means that he won’t play due to suspension, while Ramaj suffered a knee injury.
Head to Head Games
The first leg in Germany saw a 1-1 draw. Kanuff netted a leading goal for the hosts, while Ferran Torres scored the equalizer. Both goals took place in the second half and until the end, we didn’t see too many chances on both sides.
As said, anything else than Barca’s win here would be a first-class sensation. The odds on that are -250 and dropping, so be fast to use them at this level. Our second pick, which is a bit riskier but still pretty realistic, is the hosts to win and cover a 1.5-goal spread. The profits here are far higher, and they will double the stake. In our opinion, Barcelona is much better than the guests, and they should win by at least a two-goal margin.
Pick: Barcelona wins -250
Barcelona -1.5 +100
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