The hopes for proceeding to the Europa quarter-finals for Basel will be put to the test as they welcome Frankfurt to Switzerland. The match schedules for Thursday with the kickoff for the second leg of Europa scheduled at 10 pm.
The first leg of the Europa saw the side take home a comfortable 3-0 lead. The side will set their eyes of the last eight of the competition. This will be their first time at this level of the competition since their 2013-14 campaign.
Basel has had a wonderful finish to their Swish Super League campaign managing to go on a six unbeaten streak. The 20-time national champions took second runners up in their league falling behind title leaders Young Boys.
The last match of the season for Basel was more than impressive ending in an eight-goal thriller. The side will be hoping to recover from their disappointment in their Swiss season with an extended lead in the quarter-finals.
Frankfurt also had another disappointing season in the Bundesliga. The side had a strong start since the lockdown but managed to finish ninth. Adi Hutter finished the campaign managing to secure three wins in their last four domestic matches.
Basel is yet to take to the pitch since the close of Swiss League. While Frankfurt recently took on a friendly against Monaco at the start of the month.
Basel vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Head to Head
Both sides have only met once in the Europa League with Basel taking home a 3-0 victory. Here is a look at their previous encounters in the leagues.
Basel 0-0 Luzern
Thun 0-0 Basel
Basel 4-4 Lugano
St. Gallen 0-5 Basel
Servette 2-2 Basel
Frankfurt 1-1 Monaco
Frankfurt 3-2 Paderborn
FC Koln 1-1 Frankfurt
Frankfurt 1-2 FC Schalke
Basel Team News
Goalkeeper Jonas Omlin is out with a hamstring injury ahead of the match. The skipper managed to keep 16 clean sheets in the Swiss league all season. A possible replacement for the skipper will be Djordje Nikolic. Injury woes at the club include Ramires, Luca Zuffi and Afimico Pululu.
Frankfurt Team News
Defender Makoto Hasebe underwent knee surgery and remained a doubt ahead of the clash. Djibril Sow remains sidelined after picking three yellow cards in the Europa competition. Hutter might take back the back three to cover for the lack of defensive reinforcements.
Prediction and Odds
Frankfurt has had a slump season which compares to their opponents; hence we expect a share of spoils.
Both Teams to Score
First to Score: Basel