The Blues receive Eintracht Frankfurt tonight for the second leg match of the Europa League semi-final.
Date: 9th May 2019
Time: 21:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge
In the first leg, the match ended in a 1-1 draw between the two with the advantage on aggregate being for Chelsea thanks to the away goal.
Here’s a full match preview of tonight’s match.
Chelsea Team News
Maurizio Sarri will be without N’golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger, and Callum Hudson-Odoi while David Luiz and Gary Cahill are still in doubt for the match.
Final game at the Bridge this season…
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 9, 2019
Therefore at the back, the captain David Azpilicueta could be forced to start at the centre together with Christensen if Luiz is not recovered. Zappacosta would take place on the right while Marcos Alonso should start on the left.
In midfield, Jorginho will be the holding midfielder with Kovacic and Loftus-Cheek the two holding midfielders.
Giroud will start as a striker with Hazard on the left and Pedro on the right.
Predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek; Hazard, Pedro, Giroud
Eintracht Frankfurt Team News
Key forward Sebastian Haller is a doubt for the away side due to an abdominal strain. Haller has got his name on the scoresheet 14 times this season and will be hoping he can help his side do the unthinkable and reach the final tonight.
— Eintracht Frankfurt (@Eintracht) May 9, 2019
At the back, Adi Hütter is expected to start with captain Abraham, Hinteregger and Hasebe at centre-back positions.
Kostic and da Costa are likely to take the left and right flanks in midfield while Gelson Fernandes, Gacinovic and Rode will fill up the more central parts of midfield.
Jovic will partner up with Haller if the latter is fit enough and if not Rebic will take his place.
Predicted lineup (3-5-2)
Trapp; Abraham, Hinteregger, Hasebe; Da Costa, Fernandes, Rode, Gacinovic, Kostic; Jovic, Rebic
The first leg of this tie, which ended in a 1-1 draw, was the only time to two clubs have ever met in competitive matches throughout their history.
Chelsea set themselves up perfectly for this game with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over mid-table Watford – a result which secured Chelsea’s place in next season’s Champions League. The victory ended the Blues’ run of three consecutive draws, starting with their disappointing share of the points at home to Burnley.
Eintracht Frankfurt could not have had a worse preparation for this game, as they went down 6-1 away to fellow top-four chasers Bayer Leverkusen. Incredibly, all seven goals in the game came in the first 36 minutes and Frankfurt had an embarrassing 18% share of the possession.
Here are the last five matches for the two sides:
|Chelsea 3-0 Watford (5/5)||Leverkusen 6-1 Frankfurt (5/5)|
|Frankfurt 1-1 Chelsea (2/5)||Frankfurt 1-1 Chelsea (2/5)|
|Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea (28/4)||Frankfurt 0-0 Hertha (27/4)|
|Chelsea 2-2 Burnley (22/4)||Wolfsburg 1-1 Frankfurt (22/4)|
|Chelsea 4-3 Slavia Prague (18/4)||Frankfurt 2-0 Benfica (18/4)|