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UEFA Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea: preview, line-ups, prediction

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Both sides are now forced to fight on two fronts, each of these ways can give them a ticket to the Champions League for the next season.

However, the Eagles failed to win three games in a row, being satisfied with just two points. Eintracht played two games at home, but it didn’t help Adi Hutter’s team.

Ante Rebic, who scored ten goals and gave six assists this season, is serving a suspension. Another main forward Sebastien Haller, the author of nineteen goals and eleven assists this season, will not be able to take part in the upcoming match due to injury.

Eintracht aren’t a favorite of this battle. Bayern are the only team that managed to defeat the Eagles in their field. Moreover, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter, Benfica, Dortmund, Lazio and Marseille coudn’t get a victory in Frankfurt. At the same time, Chelsea attained only one significant away victory in the current season, over Liverpool in the League Cup.

Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi from the away side won’t play in Germany.

Recall that Chelsea bosses are still waiting for the fateful decision over the club’s future.

FIFA should give an answer to the Pensioner’s appeal about a transfer ban for two transfer windows.

Possible line-ups:

Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp; Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger; Da Costa, Fernandes, Rode, Kostic, Gacinovic; Paciencia, Jovic

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard

Uefa Europa League 2018-19 | Semi-final, first leg
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Kick-off time:
8:00pm BST, tonight

Prediction: 1:1

(Reporting by Dan McGlush, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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