Barcelona, of course, are used to playing in the Champions League. But now it has a unique chance in its own way – to prove itself in the Europa League, to win that tournament as well. But to do that, they will first have to deal with Eintracht. Things did not go well in Frankfurt, but how will the decisive encounter, at the home Camp Nou, pan out? The site’s journalists have made their predictions for the most anticipated match on April 14, 2022. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be viewed at 1xbet app.
Barcelona cannot yet tune in seriously for this tournament
The Blues have already been eliminated from the Champions League under Xavi. But then, the young mentor had only just returned to his native Catalonia and was just beginning to rebuild the game “more than the club”. Now he has a much better team, as evidenced by status victories such as those against Atlético, Sevilla and, most importantly, the 4-0 win against Real Madrid in the El Clasico. Against this backdrop, it is hard to explain their lack of motivation other than their stultifying performance in the Europa League. Both Napoli and Galatasaray came through with away wins, before drawing at home. In Frankfurt, the favourites of the pair conceded first, in the 48th minute. Thankfully, there is now Ferran Torres in the line-up, who was able to convert 1 of the chances and bring the game to a draw. But all the same, we must take the victory over the Germans at home.
Eintracht Frankfurt look better on the international scene
“Eagles” once again made it to the European competitions last season, moreover, in the spring it seemed that they would not go lower than 4th place in Bundeliga. But then Adi Hütter started to be poached, and the situation around the head coach seemed to have a negative impact on the team’s performances. The Austrian was replaced in the summer by his countryman, Glasner, but the championship regression only continued, and the club crashed out of the cup in the first meeting. The Europa League provided an outlet. There, the Germans won the group with 3 wins and 3 draws, and in March they managed to pass another representative of Spain – Betis. But not without difficulties: after winning 2-1 in Sevilla, they conceded a goal in the 90th minute of the home game. And only just before the end of extra time did they score the decisive goal, and that with an own goal.
Prior to the first quarter-final, Barcelona had never played against the Frankfurt am Main representative.
Barcelona may not be heavily motivated, but they still play at home and are of a higher class. We recommend betting on their victory with a -1 goal handicap (odds – 1.64).