Match Review: Inter v Eintracht Frankfurt

After a 0-0 draw at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank-Arena, the Europa League tie between Italian giants Inter Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt is well balanced heading into the second leg.

Form

The hosts remain in the Champions League spots in Serie A, but lost third place to AC Milan earlier this month having only won three of their last eight. The Nerazurri meet their rivals in the Milan Derby on Sunday, which could affect their approach.

Free-scoring Frankfurt, with Luka Jovic being the greatest threat, have scored in every Europa League game until Inter kept them out last week, but will be confident of victory having won their last three league games.

Team News

Crucially, Inter have missed Mauro Icardi for over a month, the Argentine star and his wife-turned-agent Wanda locked in an ongoing feud with the club’s management.

As backup striker Lautaro Martinez is suspended, Inter could start winger Matteo Politano up front. There are also issues in defence, with Sime Vrsaljko injured and Kwadwo Asamoah suspended, while Milan Skriniar is set to play in midfield with neither Nainggolan nor Brozovic fit.

For the visitors, Croatian star Ante Rebic, part of Frankfurt’s thrilling front three, remains unavailable. Luka Jovic and Sebastian Haller, who have 29 Bundesliga goals between them, are expected to start up front, but Rebic shouldn’t be missed too much with attacking midfielder Mijat Gacinovic a competent replacement.

Portuguese forward Goncalo Paciencia could make an impact off the bench, after scoring twice in the last two league games, while captain David Abraham could also make his return from injury.

Eintracht coach Adi Hütter will be missing, having been sent off in the first leg and given a touchline ban. Assistants Christian Peintiger and Armin Reutershahn will take over Hütter’s role in the dugout. Hütter will be joined in the stands by an impressive 15,000 travelling fans.

Predicted Line-ups

Potential Inter Starting XI: Handanovic, D’Ambrosio, Rannochia, de Vrij, Soares, Vecino, Skriniar, Valero, Perisic, Keita, Politano

Potential Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp, N’Dicka, Hasebe, Hinteregger, Kostic, de Guzmán, Rode, da Costa, Gacinovic, Jovic, Haller

My Prediction

Inter 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (1-1 aggregate, Frankfurt progress by away goals)
The two sides are quite evenly matched, but with major injuries, and with no recognised striker, Inter are at a disadvantage. With their attacking firepower and strong support, Frankfurt should scrape through.

 

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