Eintracht Frankfurt and Lazio both have beaten their rivals in the opening round of the UEFA Europa League, so their head-to-head duel set for this Thursday, October 4th, 2018, at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt will decide who will stay at the top of the Group H after the Round 2. The bookmakers consider the hosts as slight favorites to win the clash, while the visitors are still without a draw this season, so this matchup should bring plenty of excitements for the bettors.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT vs. LAZIO
Three-way: 1: Eintracht Frankfurt +150; X: +240 Draw; 2: Lazio +200
Spread 0: Eintracht Frankfurt -130; Lazio +110
Total 2.5 Goals: Over -118; Under -105
Both Teams to Score: Yes -145; No +105
The Eagles are playing in an on-off form since the start of the season, recording three wins, one draw, and five losses in all competitions, scoring 13 goals in the process, and conceding 18 in a return. However, Eintracht Frankfurt won its’ first Europa League game, beating the last season’s finalists Marseille 2-1 on the road two weeks ago. Since then, the Eagles played three Bundesliga games, recording a 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig, a 3-1 defeat against Monchengladbach, and a 4-1 victory over Hannover respectively.
The 24-year old striker Sebastien Haller is leading the way with three goals and four assists in nine games this season, while the forwards Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic both added a couple of goals each. The experienced midfielder Jonathan de Guzman is another important player for the Eagles, appearing in all nine games to score one goal and three assists. The manager Adi Hutter is still missing his two defenders, as Carlos Salcedo and Timothy Chandler are both sidelined due to injuries, while the attacking midfielder Marco Fabian is doubtful due to knee problems.
- Both teams scored in the last six Frankfurt’s games
- Eintracht Frankfurt conceded in all four games at home this season
- Seven of Frankfurt’s nine games this season had at least three goals in the total
The Biancocelesti lost to AS Roma 3-1 last weekend in the famous Derby della Capitale, putting an end to a five-game winning streak. Since the start of the season, Lazio recorded five wins and three losses with a 12:10 goal difference, including a 2-1 victory over Apollon in the opening game of their Europa League campaign, but a loss against AS Roma is certainly a kick in the teeth. Lazio conceded at least a goal in the last four games overall, while their defense kept the net intact only twice this season.
The striker Ciro Immobile is leading his team with five goals in eight appearances, also scoring once in the first-round game against Apollon. The experienced midfielder Senad Lulic is the best assistant with three dishes in seven appearances so far, while the forward Felipe Caicedo made two assists in five apps, also adding a goal to his name. All important first-team players are ready for the next game, besides the full-back Jordan Lukaku who’s still doubtful due to a knee injury.
- Both teams scored in Lazio’s last four games overall
- Lazio recorded two wins and two losses on the road this season
- Five of Lazio’s eight games this season had at least three goals in the total
This should be a cracking game between two attacking-minded teams, so I expect to see some goals, while the trends are also suggesting we could get some goals on both sides of the field. Neither side has impressed defensively so far, so my first pick here will be both teams to score.
Eintracht Frankfurt is a slight favorite to win the game, but I will go with a tie, as Lazio is still without a draw in eight games this season, and this game looks like a nice chance to record the first one. The odds on a correct score 1-1 are set at +500, while a potential 2-2 draw is at +1100 odds. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to the visitors on the winning side at the end of the game.
The Pick: Both teams to score (-145)
Additional Pick: Draw (+240)