Eintracht Frankfurt – Shakhtar Donetsk SOCCER PICKS
Eintracht Frankfurt and Shakhtar Donetsk measured at Commerzbank-Arena, in a second leg of this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals), after a (2-2) draw in the first leg. The Shakhtar Donetsk presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team comes to this match back in advantage, after the draw was by (2-2) in the first leg, so a draw may be enough to get the qualification. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Borussia M’gladbach by (1-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Eintracht Frankfurt have won 6, tied 2 and lost 2.
For this competition, he did not lose any of the last 7 games. The team has conceded goals in 5 of the last 7 matches, so they have not presented great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have always scored at least one goal in the last 7 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 19 of the last 20 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 14 out of 20 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal.
Eintracht Frankfurt enters this match with a draw, 1-1, at the reception of Borussia Monchengladbach, thus adding the sixth official match without loss. We remember that the Germans drew 2-2 against Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of the Round of 32 of the Europa League. The local team usually acts in a tactical system in 3-5-2, privileging fast transitions, mainly through the wings. In this tactical drawing, the two men responsible for throwing the panic in the adversary defensive are Jovic and Haller, being the first one very fast and competent in the transport of the ball towards other people’s terrains. The technician Adi Hutter will not be able to count on Rode and Abraham, to be injured.
The visiting team comes to this match at a disadvantage, because despite the draw in the first leg suffered 2 goals at home. This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in away matches; against 6 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 away matches Shakhtar Donetsk has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. He has scored regularly, since he has scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
Shakhtar Donetsk enter this round with a draw, two, at the reception to Frankfurt, thus complicating their situation in the Europa League: Taison and Marlos scored the team’s goals. The visiting team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, privileging the maintenance of ball possession and slow attacks, mainly through the wings, being the three most advanced men Tayson, Marlos and Júnior Moraes. It is important to emphasize that the last athlete mentioned is the great highlight of this team, with 18 goals scored in 26 games. The technician Paulo Fonseca can not count on Stepanenko, suspended, and still has in doubt to Bondarenko and Dentinho.