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Frankfurt v Chelsea: Injury updates, scores & likely lineups

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 01/05/2019

Chelsea make the trip to Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final looking to maintain their unbeaten record in this year's competition.

Eintracht impressively overturned a two-goal deficit against Benfica to reach the semi-final after losing the first leg 4-2 in Portugal as the Bundesliga side did exactly what was required in the return leg in Germany and ground out a 2-0 victory to progress on away goals.

Frankfurt hoping to register another high-profile scalp as they bid to move closer to winning their first European trophy since 1980.

Team News

Eintracht will be without Croatian forward and key player Ante Rebic, who misses out through suspension after picking up a yellow card in both legs of their quarter final against Benfica.

Midfielder Mijat Gacinovic missed their weekend draw with Hertha Berlin with a muscular complaint but the Serbian, who has five assists this Europa League campaign, is expected to be fit for Chelsea's visit.

Antonio Rudiger suffered a recurrence of his knee injury against Manchester United, and will undergo tests amid fears he will miss the rest of the season.

 ​Willian was also forced off at Old Trafford following a dangerous challenge by ​Marcos Rojo, handing ​Pedro an opportunity to build on his two goals in the quarter final against Slavia Prague but Callum Hudson-Odoi out for the season.

However, Olivier Giroud should lead the line after another underwhelming performance

Head to Head

 

Thursday's fixture will represent the first time that these two teams have squared off in an official match.

Chelsea have only been drawn against German opposition on two occasions since 2013, with the Blues coming through unbeaten in four games against Schalke 04 in the Champions League group stages.

Frankfurt last played a competitive game against an English side when recording a goalless draw against Newcastle United in the UEFA Cup during the 2006-07 campaign.

Recent Form

Eintracht's recent domestic form is identical to Chelsea's as  the Eagles have drawn two and lost one of their previous three games - and much like the visitors, they are clinging on to fourth place for Champions League qualification.

The Blues are without a win in three in the league but Chelsea have been pretty impressive in the Europa League, as they remain unbeaten with 11 wins from 12.

Sarri's side are two points clear in fourth place with two games remaining, but their recent form suggests there could still be a twist in the tale.

Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup: Trapp; Ndicka, Hinteregger, Hasebe; Costa, Rode, Fernandes, Kostic; Gacinovic; Jovic, Paciencia

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Palmieri; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard

Score prediction: Eintracht 2-2 Chelsea

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