Tip Eintracht Frankfurt - Benfica Lisbon
Eintracht Frankfurt had been unbeaten in 15 league and cup games before traveling to Portugal for the first leg of this Europa League quarter-final. It all started to go wrong for them when N'Diko was sent off after conceding the 21st minute penalty that gave the home side the lead. Despite Frankfurt equalizing 19 minutes later, a second goal from Felix just two minutes before the break saw Frankfurt fall behind again. It got worse for the 10-men in the second-half as they conceded goals in the 50th and 54th minutes with Felix completing his hat-trick as Benfica surged to a 4-1 lead. Thankfully for the German club they didn't concede anyf more goals and pulled one back in the 72nd minute. The weekend saw them suffer a blow to their hopes of Champions League football next season as they lost 3-1 at home to Augsburg. They will hope to bounce back to form on Thursday and have a good home record in the Europa League this season with four wins and a draw.
Benfica head to Germany with a two-goal lead but will be concerned at conceding two away goals.They are certainly in good scoring form though with another 4-2 win at the weekend to stay top of the Premeira League. That's the third straight game in which they have scored four goals and they have hit four in two of their last three away games. Away form in Europe this season hasn't been quite so good. Starting off in the Champions League, Benfica hit seven goals in wins at PAOK and AEK Athens but then lost to both Bayern Munich (5-1) and Ajax (1-0), So far in the Europa League, Benfica have won at Galatasaray but lost to Dinamo Zagreb. A bet on over 2.5 goals looks the safest way to make a profit from this game.
Key points Eintracht Frankfurt - Benfica Lisbon
Four of Benfica's away games in European competition this season have had over 2.5 goals scored in them.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in six of Benfica's last eight away games.
The last four Eintracht Frankfurt games have all had over 2.5 goals scored in them.
Conclusion Eintracht Frankfurt - Benfica Lisbon
Eiintracht Frankfurt have lost two games in the space of four days and need to get back into winning ways on Thursday evening. They have a two-goal deficit and an early goal may be crucial to their hopes of making it to the last four. Benfica blow a bit hot and cold on their travels but with Frankfurt having to attack, there could be some gaps at the back and a few goal chances. A bet on over 2.5 goals can be a winner here.
Eintracht Frankfurt Benfica Lisbon Prediction published on April 15, 2019