Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Both teams have had great success, with Benfica topping the Primeira Liga while Eintracht Frankfurt haven’t lost in 15 games in a row. In fact, were it not for a single friendly loss to Brazil’s Flamengo, they’d be undefeated all year thus far.
However, when we look a little further into their domestic performances, Benfica have had the better season, hence their position atop the standings. Still, a streak like that is not to be taken lightly, neither is Eintracht Frankfurt’s brilliant win over Inter in the last round of the Europa League. Benfica had a similarly tough time of it against Croatia’s D.Zagreb, with the game finally being concluded on penalties.
Regardless of the difficulties on the road here, they’ve both made it to the quarter-finals and we doubt either will prove to be an easy opponent.
Benfica vs Eintracht Frankfurt Prediction: Benfica 1-1 Eintracht
As both of their paths here have been similarly impressive – and has also shown us how much each team is willing to put into the Europa League –, these two come out about even in terms of how they’ve fared thus far in this competition. So, we’ll have to look elsewhere for how they’ve performed. However, each side has also done very well in their domestic leagues too, meaning it remains a dead heat. With that in mind, we don’t think either will take the advantage here, but there will be plenty of action. Therefore, our scoreline prediction for this match is a 1-1 stalemate.
Our recommended tip: Luka Jovic scores anytime
As Eintracht Frankfurt’s highest goalscorer in the domestic league, there’s a very good chance that the Serbian forward will once again hit the back of the net here. He not only scored the winning goal against Schalke in their last Bundesliga outing –as well as scoring against Stuttgart in the game before that – but he’s also proven his worth in the Europa League. In his team’s second leg against Inter, he was the talent that secured the winning goal. Therefore, we recommend that you wager he will score at any time during this game to get good 17/10 odds at Coral.
The Europa League is so exciting for giving sides the opportunity to face off on the pitch when they may not have the opportunity to meet elsewhere. And this is another example of the UEFA tournament bringing together two teams for the very first time in either of their history. Usually when this is the case, we say that it gives the bookmakers’ underdogs an advantage. That’s because the element of surprise increases the chance of an overly confident team underestimating their opponents. However, in this one, neither are really considered that much of an underdog: certainly not in our opinion anyway. That just leaves this match even further in the unknown.
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Players to watch: Haris Seferović & Luka Jovic
Benfica: Haris Seferović
Not only did forward Haris Seferović show off his skills in Benfica’s 4-1 victory over Feirense – scoring the final two goals, even when it wasn’t absolutely necessary – but he’s been brilliant throughout their Primeira Liga season. However, he did fail to hit the back of the net in the last round. So, we’re sure he’ll be itching to score here, especially against a team he has so much history with, having played there for three seasons previously.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Luka Jovic
We’ve already mentioned how Luka Jovic has proven himself in both the Europa League and the domestic league. In fact, he is the most prolific goalscorer in the latter and by quite some margin now that Sébastien Haller is out with injury. Alongside that, he scored the winning goal in their tense encounter with Inter in the last round. Don’t be surprised if he scores the winner here too.