Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews Eintracht v Arsenal and provides us with his best bets for the Thursday evenings Europa League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Eintracht Frankfurt v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 19/09/2019
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Commerzbank-Arena
- Channel: BT Sport
The Europa League gets back underway this week, and German side Eintracht welcome Arsenal to Frankfurt in the opening week of fixtures in Group F. Eintracht were force at home in this competition last season, with Luka Jovic scoring for fun. However, with him having departed for the Spanish capital in the summer, Eintracht are forced to look elsewhere for their goals. As for Arsenal, a bursting start to the domestic campaign has recently descended, with their latest display at Watford on Sunday seeing them surrender a 2 goal lead to leave Vicarage Road with just a point.
Eintracht have started their season in mixed fashion. They currently sit mid table in the Bundesliga after 4 games, winning and losing twice. Both of their league wins have come at home, as well as a 3-0 win in the 2nd leg of their play-off to overcome Strasbourg, following defeat in France, to reach the group stages of this year’s competition. They have struggled to fill the void that has been left in the absence of Luka Jovic up front, but their overall collective effort at home has carried forward into this season so far. One man who has looked lively for Eintracht is Danny Da Costa. The right wing-back has looked lively on occasions, and could well give a troubled Arsenal defence problems down the flank. With the possibility of Bas Dost featuring up front as well, Arsenal will do well to ensure that the 26 year-old Da Costa is not given the opportunity to get the ball into the box.
Arsenal are up to their Jekkel and Hyde impressions already in the Premier League. Despite the force up front with Aubameyang in good scoring form, they are their own worst enemy at the back. With Cech retiring, they have failed to replace him sufficently and his understudy, Bernd Leno has already given the fans reason to be chewing their nails. This, combined with the arrival of an unpredictable David Luiz into the heart of an already nervy defence, could see them chewing their knuckles before the season is out. Dani Ceballos has shown glimpses of the magic he possesses and the return of Ozil with a delectable assist on Sunday does see more creativity in the middle, and that in turn should see Aubameyang and Co thrive in front of goal if they can continue feeding them.
With it very early on in the season for both sides, we could well see some changes in both line ups from those that featured for them on the weekend. Both sides have the relative depth required to compensate should they wish to rotate after disappointing away trips for both on the weekend domestically.
For Eintracht they cannot call upon Falette, Ronnow, Russ or de Guzman.
Arsenal will be missing Bellerin, Lacazette and new signing Tierney who is yet to feature for his new club.
Potential Eintracht Starting XI: Trapp, Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger, da Costa, Kohr, Rode, Kostic, Paciencia, Dost, Joveljic
Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Luiz, Kolasinac, Willock, Torrerira, Ozil, Pepe, Aubameyang
Key Stats & Facts
- Eintracht have scored in 4/5 of their last competitive games, scoring 5 in their last two at home.
- Eintracht have seen over 2.5 goals in 4/5 of their last competitive games.
- Arsenal have scored in5/5 of their last competitive games, scoring 4 in 3 away from home.
- Arsenal have seen over 2.5 goals in 4/5 of their last competitive games.
- Eintracht 3.20
- Draw 3.30
- Arsenal 2.25
Given this is the first game of the group stages of a very long competition, I am going to be more reserved in my selections here. Both sides are scoring and conceding domestically, but without definitive team news it is hard to grasp their intentions for the competition. For me, I really like the card markets personally and looking into those for this one is leading me that way again. It seems the ref due to be in charge (Davide Massa) enjoys a card or two, as do both sides themselves. He dished out 6 in his latest Serie A outing, as well as awarding a penalty for each side (Fiorentina v Napoli). He has quite the record for bookings in Italy, and I fancy this to carry over here. Arsenal are partial to a card or two themselves, picking up 3 for their second consecutive game against Watford on Sunday. Before the weekend, Eintracht had picked up two or more in their previous 4 games, including a heated affair at home to Strasbourg that saw Ante Rebic sent off in the process.