Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal betting tips: Europa League match preview & predictions

Matteo Guendouzi

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal prediction: Frankfurt 2-1 Arsenal

Arsenal head into Thursday’s match without a win in their last three.

The visitors are expected to rotate their side heavily, which will surely count in Eintracht Frankfurt’s favour.

Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last 16 European matches at home, winning 12 and drawing four.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Who will win?

Arsenal are the bookies’ favourites at 5/4 while Eintracht Frankfurt are really well priced at 11/5. The draw can be backed at 23/10.

Arsenal have found the back of the net in every match so far this season, while Eintracht Frankfurt have scored at least one goal in each of their last four matches. Both teams to score looks like a banker at 8/15.

Arsenal’s limited attacking options mean that Unai Emery may be forced to start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese has scored five in five for the Gunners this season. Aubameyang is 4/1 to open the scoring and 11/10 to score anytime.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal Europa League match preview

Arsenal travel to Germany for their Europa League Group F opener against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. Standard Liege and Vitoria are the other two sides occupying Group F.

Thursday’s clash at the Frankfurt Stadion will be the first time these two sides meet in UEFA competition. The Gunners have a mixed record against German opposition, winning 18 and drawing 16 of their 40 encounters.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s record against English clubs is similarly mixed, winning five and losing five of their 13 matches.

Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a 2-1 defeat at Augsburg on Saturday which leaves them ninth in the Bundesliga after four matches played. Goncalo Paciencia scored for the visitors.

Arsenal spurned the chance to move third on Sunday after drawing 2-2 at Watford. A first-half brace from Aubameyang gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead at the break which they eventually gave away.

Although both Watford goals came from really poor defensive errors, in the end, Arsenal were lucky to even come away from Vicarage Road with a point after being completely dominated in the second half.

Arsenal are competing in the Europa League for a third consecutive season, gaining automatic entry in the group stage after finishing fifth in the Premier League last season. Unai Emery’s side reached the final of the competition last season, where they eventually lost 4-1 to London rivals Chelsea in Baku.

After finishing in 7th in the Bundesliga last season, Eintracht Frankfurt had to navigate through three qualifying rounds before reaching the group stage. Adi Hutter’s side saw off Flor, Vaduz and Strasbourg in a qualifying campaign which began in July.

Eintracht Frankfurt made it to the final four of the Europa League last season and were also eliminated by Chelsea. However, having lost their two top scorers in the summer – Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller to West Ham – Eintracht Frankfurt’s prospects this season don’t look quite as promising.

Eintracht Frankfurt team news vs Arsenal

Nicolai Muller is set to miss out with a knee injury, while former Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman is sidelined with a muscle problem.

Sebastian Rode was forced off with an injury on Saturday and is also expected to miss out. Striker Bas Dost came off the bench to replace Rode and could start up front on Thursday.

Erik Durm, Dejan Joveljic, Obite N’Dicka and Gelson Fernandes were all unused substitutes on Saturday and will be pushing for starts.

Defender Marco Russ is a long-term absentee.

Arsenal team news vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Unai Emery is expected to rotate his side on Thursday. Emi Martinez is set to replace first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno in goal.

Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli and Shkodran Mustafi are all expected to be involved, with the latter possibly being used at right-back. Bukayo Saka and Tyreece John-Jules could be rewarded for their recent impressive performances in the academy.

Rob Holding and Emile Smith Rowe are both expected to make their first-team injury comebacks after playing a number of matches with the U23s.

Alexandre Lacazette is expected to miss another month of action with an ankle injury, which could mean another start for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Hector Bellerin has returned to training but is yet to even feature for the U23s.

Likewise, summer signing Kieran Tierney won’t be rushed into action.

Konstantinos Mavropanos has recently returned from injury but is still lacking match fitness.

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