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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona Odds & Prediction – Europa League Quarterfinals Leg 1

Daniel Coyle

by Daniel Coyle in Soccer

Apr 6, 2022 · 1:00 PM PDT

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona
Barcelona's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, celebrates with teammate Pedri after scoring his side's second goal during the Europa League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Galatasaray and Barcelona in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, March 17, 2022. (AP Photo)
  • UEFA Europa League quarterfinal action gets underway as FC Barcelona visits Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Barca are undefeated in 13 matches across all competitions, while Frankfurt have struggled offensively while playing to draws in four straight outings
  • Read on for all the odds and trends ahead of Thursday afternoon’s matchup at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt

FC Barcelona will be aiming to extend their current unbeaten streak across all competitions to 14 matches when they visit Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday afternoon for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarterfinal matchup. Barca have outscored opponents by a wide 11-1 margin while winning their past four contests. The club is also undefeated through their first four dates in their first UEL appearance since 2004.

Eintracht Frankfurt are also enjoying a steady seven-match unbeaten streak, but have failed to pick up three points in each of their past four contests, capped by a disappointing scoreless draw in last weekend’s clash Bundesliga also-rans Greuther Fürth.

Here’s a look at all the odds, trends, and best bets ahead of Thursday afternoon’s matchup, which gets underway at 3:00pm ET at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Barcelona Europa League Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Barcelona FRA +0.5 (+125) | BAR -0.5 (-148) FRA +360 | Draw +310 | BAR -148 Ov 2.5 (-162) | Un 2.5 (+130)

*Odds at Barstool Sportsbook as of April 6, 2022

FC Barcelona travel to Frankfurt for Thursday’s first leg action perched as a heavy -148 favorites. Eintracht Frankfurt lag as lengthy +360 underdogs, while the odds of this contest ending in a draw are pegged at a lucrative +310. With Barca filling the net with regularity during their current, surge, the odds of the total going OVER 2.5 sit at a lofty -162.

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Barca Peaking at Right Time

It has been a tale of two seasons for Barcelona. The club struggled early on, tallying consecutive victories in non-friendly action just twice over the final four months of 2021. That shaky start included a woeful performance in UEFA Champions League play, with the club bowing out in group stage action for the first time in 21 years.

However, Barca have made a dramatic turnaround since hitting bottom in January making early exits from the Supercopa de Espana and Copa del Rey with back-to-back losses in January. The club has maintained a torrid pace since, racking up a 10-3-0 win-draw-loss record in 13 contests across all competitions, while averaging an impressive 2.54 goals per game over that stretch.

The question now is whether Barca will have better luck against Eintracht than they did against that club’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, who ensured their early UCL ouster with a pair of crushing group stage wins. Continued strong offensive production from two players will likely be key to this club’s continued success.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has powered Barca’s recent surge with nine goals in his past nine overall appearances, including the match winner in the team’s 2-1 over Galatasaray in the second leg of their Round of 16 clash. Ferran Torres has also upped his production of late, scoring four goals over his past four league appearances, but has failed to find the mark in his past three UEL outings.

Frankfurt vs Barcelona Form Stats

Eintracht Frankfurt
VS
FC Barcelona
10 Matches played 10
3 Matches won 8
4 Matches drawn 2
3 Matches lost 0
10 Goals scored 26
9 Goals allowed 6
12 Points 66

Can Frankfurt Keep Pace with Torrid Barca Attack?

While Barca strikers have filled the net, goals have come at a premium for Eintracht Frankfurt. The club has potted just two total goals while settling for a draw in each if their past four outings in all competitions. Now sitting well off the pace in futures betting, listed at a lengthy +1600 in the Europa League odds, Frankfurt have also struggled to close the deal on home turf.

Frankfurt have picked up just one win in their past eight dates on home turf at Deutsche Bank Park, and have scored one or fewer goals on six occasions over that stretch. That run of futility extends to recent home dates in Europa League play. The club has posted just one win in their past five UEL home matches. However, the upside to that trend comes in the form of a hopeful average of 1.75 goals in four tournament home dates this season.

With concerns lingering about this club’s ability to keep pace with Barca’s red-hot attack, Frankfurt will be looking for another big performance out of Kevin Trapp. The veteran goalkeeper has kept clean sheets in each of his past two league outings, and just three total goals over his past three UEL outings.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Barcelona Best Bet

Barcelona enjoy the clear edge going into their first-ever clash with Frankfurt, but are likely to face the stingiest defense they have seen in weeks. However, it is unlikely to be enough to down their current torrid pace.

The Picks: Barcelona (-148); OVER 2.5 (-162); Barcelona to score both halves (+138)

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