UEL: Basel vs SGE


Basel will make an effort to advance to the Europa League quarter-finals as they welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to Switzerland for the second leg of their round of 16 on Thursday. Basel won 3-0 in the first leg and - preventing any disaster - may look forward to reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2013-2014 campaign.

FC Basel - Europa League

Basel goalkeeper Jonas Omlin - who has kept 16 clean sheets for the Swiss club in all competitions this season - has struggled with a recent hamstring problem and may not be present. Therefore, Djordje Nikolic will keep the goal and the people who are likely to be absent are Ramires, Luca Zuffi and Afimico Pululu because of injuries. Hutter will hope to get Makoto Hasebe back in time for the return leg, with the Japanese defender having recently undergone knee surgery in his native Japan. Basel had a 6-match unbeaten run in the final stages of the Swiss Super League campaign, but the 20-time national champion came third only when the Young Boys easily retained their title in the 2019 season. -20 Basel's campaign ended with 3 draws in a row, they drew 4-4 with Lugano followed by a goal-free stalemate against Thun and Luzern in their last 3 matches. However, Marcel Koller's team must now put their domestic frustration behind them when they want to win their fifth match in the Europa League and advance to the quarter-finals.

Eintracht Frankfurt - Europa League

Djibril Sow was suspended after receiving the third yellow card in the Europa League campaign in the first leg loss. Therefore, Stefan Ilsanker can partner with Sebastian Rode in midfield, and Hutter can return to the defense of the three testers after failing with the 4-person system in the first leg. Frankfurt's Bundesliga campaign finally ended in disappointment as they finished ninth despite a strong finish at the end of the season. Adi Hutter has seen his side win 3 wins from the last 4 domestic appearances, but the previous decline in the campaign leaves Frankfurt with no tickets to the European Cup next season unless They can go all the way in the Europa League 2019-20. Hutter will hope to see his team through just making a relatively short journey to Switzerland on Thursday. 

UEL: FC Basel vs Frankfurt



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