Barcelona look to make it into the semi-finals of the Europa League. They host Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of this quarter final with the scores level at 1-1. Barcelona had to come from behind to get that draw but will be confident of progressing to a semi-final against either West Ham United or Lyon. The Spanish side won 3-2 at Levante on Sunday and will look not to concede three penalties against Frankfurt. They are now second in La Liga but 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid. A form guide for the past 15 games has them four points clear at the top and that shows the size of the job their opponents have on their hands. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 15 games and have gone six at home without defeat. The last four at home have all seen them keep clean sheets.
Eintracht Frankfurt are ninth in the German Bundesliga. That puts them five points behind the final Europa Conference League position. The weekend saw them lose 2-1 at home to Freiburg and that makes it six games without a win. However, five of those last six games have ended in draws. They haven’t lost away from home in the Europa League this season with three wins and a draw. Away to an in-form Barcelona is a bit tougher than going to Antwerp, Olympiakos, Fenerbahce and Real Betis. Go for Barcelona to get the home win here.
Key points Barcelona – Eintracht Frankfurt
Barcelona are unbeaten in 15 games.
Barcelona have kept four successive home clean sheets.
Frankfurt have gone six games without a win.
ConclusionBARCELONA – EINTRACHT FRANKFURT
What was looking to be a poor season for Barcelona may have a happy ending. They could finish second in La Liga and win the Europa League if maintaining their recent form. They have gone 15 games without defeat and that includes hammering Real Madrid. Frankfurt keep on drawing but lost at home to Freiburg at the weekend. Back Barcelona for the win.