Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Arsenal: Europa League – Match Preview

Two of last season’s final four in the Europa League meet in the opening round this campaign as Eintracht Frankfurt host Arsenal.

Eintracht Frankfurt were beaten on penalties by eventual winners Chelsea in the semi-finals last campaign, drawing both legs 1-1.

The German side have made a steady start to the Bundesliga season, winning two and losing two of their first four games.

Arsenal were frustratingly held at Watford on the weekend, losing a 2-0 lead late on at Vicarage Road.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has made an excellent start to the campaign, with five goals in as many games.

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Team news
Sebastian Rode is set to miss out for Frankfurt due to a knee injury.

Only one of their new strikers in Andre Silva and Bas Dost are likely to start here, with Goncalo Paciencia proving his fitness.

Arsenal are likely to rotate the squad here, having left both Sokratis and Mesut Ozil back in London.

Aubameyang is the only out and out forward in the squad, whilst the likes of Rob Holding and Emile Smith-Rowe could get minutes having recovered from injury.

Expected starting XI’s
Eintracht Frankfurt (3-5-2): Trapp; Hinteregger, Hasebe, Abraham; Costa, Kohr, Fernandes, Kamada, Kostic; Silva, Paciencia
Arsenal (4-3-3): Martinez; Mustafi, Holding, Chambers, Kolasinac; Torreira, Guendouzi, Willock; Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang, Nelson

Predictions

Result: Eintracht Frankfurt (31/20 with Coral)

Correct Score: 2-1 (9/1 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Goncalo Paciencia (21/10 with Coral)

Odds correct at time of article (11:00, 19/09), they are subject to change

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