Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt
Chelsea will definitely take advantage of playing at home when they host Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday night. The Blues will enter this match hoping to secure their first ever silverware under boss Maurizio Sarri. The Chelsea manager has not yet won a trophy in his managerial career and will be desperate to change all that when they go head-to-head with Eintracht at Stamford Bridge.
After securing their place in the top four in the Premier League as well as a spot in the Champions League next season, they will obviously be focused solely on getting the victory in this competition. However, the Blues will absolutely have a hard time achieving their goal especially with Frankfurt standing in their way.
Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt have absolutely went above and beyond what is expected of them this season. They currently sit at the fourth spot in the Bundesliga and are also set to play in next season’s Champions League. Both teams will definitely be desperate to claim the victory here especially since they are currently tied at 1-1 on aggregate following their first leg match.
The Blues have been very solid at home in this competition. They hold an impressive 100% winning record in their Europa League fixtures at home this season, scoring an outstanding 18 goals and conceding just four along the way.
However, the visitors are also in great form on the road, winning four of their last 6 outings. Eintracht’s form in the competition this season has been fan remarkable and it doesn’t seem like they will be stopping any time soon. They also gave Chelsea plenty of frustrations in the first leg. Basically, everything about this clash is something to be excited about. Expect a thrilling goal-fest battle when these two butt heads on Thursday night.
Valencia v Arsenal
Arsenal will take their 3-1 lead to Spain when they face Valencia in the second leg of their Europa League clash on Thursday night. The Gunners will be aiming to secure the victory here and book their place in the Europa League final. A brace from Alexandre Lacazette and another goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the victory in the first leg at the Emirates last week. Furthermore, Arsenal will be chasing the win here if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Despite being beaten in the first leg, Valencia aren’t actually short of attacking prowess so expect them to turn things around on their home turf. However, they need to overcome a two-goal deficit in order to progress to the final. Valencia currently hold an impressive 100% winning record at home. Apart from one draw, every head to head match ended in a home win. With the home advantage, Valencia will definitely enter Thursday night’s game much stronger and confident than before against the Gunners.
On the other hand, Arsenal were actually winless in 12 of their previous 18 away fixtures. Their form on the road will be a cause for worry since they conceded nine goals in three games. However, their two-goal lead should give them an advantage against their opponents. Arsenal being quite terrible on the road doesn’t exactly come as a surprise anymore. However, their attacking force is undeniably a force to be reckoned with. Their attacks have been so powerful that it has gotten them out of difficult situations on a lot of occasions already.
Valencia have a number of players they can rely on to cause problems for the Gunners though. Arsenal shouldn’t also be too complacent of their two-point lead. It’s going to be a tough match between these two and it’s obvious neither is going down without a solid fight.
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