Eintracht Frankfurt - Napoli prediction
An interesting derby between representatives of the German and Italian football schools took shape in the 1/8-finals of the Champions League.
As local club Eintracht host Serie A leaders Napoli at the Deutsche Bank Park stadium in Frankfurt.
The Germans are not favorites in this pair. But they won't raise the white flag, that's for sure.
Eintracht are tricky when they play at home. And this can be seen from the results - 5 home victories in a row and with a handicap.
And his fans are some of the fiercest in Europe. They helped their favorite team win the Europa League last year.
Thanks to which Frankfurt is now playing in the Champions League.
If anyone knows how to create a good atmosphere, though, it's the Napoli supporters.
Who are expected to come to Germany by the thousands.
Their darlings are playing incredible football this year.
And are one of the hidden favorites to win the most prestigious of UEFA tournaments.
Luciano Spalletti's footballers secured a very comfortable lead at the top of Serie A.
With that in mind, they can now safely set their sights on the Champions League.
Napoli duo Viktor Osimhen and Hvicha Kvartzhelia are like ballistic missiles.
But here I decided to only include the Nigerian as the top scorer in my prediction for this match.
Although the Georgian striker can easily be added.
Which can also be written off given the fact that it is very fast. And Napoli is expected to rely mainly on counter-attacks.
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Eintracht Frankfurt are in good form at the moment (4-2-1)
Eintracht Frankfurt got the better of Werder Bremen in the last Bundesliga match, winning 2-0.
And they routinely handled the visitors, who had no chance against the mighty Eagles.
What is also important here is that Eintracht have retained the energy they have built up since the start of 2023.
Which could be a fateful decision for them in the upcoming Champions League battles.
Since the beginning of the new year, Frankfurt have lost only one game, but then it was away - 0-3 in Cologne.
In their remaining matches since then, Eintracht have recorded 4 wins and 2 draws.
Which suggests that the current Europa League trophy holders are on the rise.
And they are playing much better than at the beginning of the campaign.
Eintracht are on a 5-game home winning streak with a 2+ goal difference
Since the resumption of the season after the 2022 World Cup, this team has played 4 matches at home and won all four.
By scoring at least two goals in each of them and 12 in total.
Oliver Glasner's players are much more aggressive and free-thinking in these circumstances.
They dictate the pace and use their speed and agility going forward. Which makes them dangerous for any opponent.
Napoli is in peak form of 5 consecutive victories
Napoli lost to Inter in the first match after the World Cup ended.
But then it went wild. Which made them win 7 Serie A matches in a row.
It is true that they were eliminated from the Coppa Italia. But this trophy was not in their plans.
Parthenopeias have hit full speed recently. By winning all matches with at least 2 goals scored.
Napoli is on a streak of 3 clean sheets
In their last three meetings, the guests also kept clean sheets. Which is very important.
Napoli were considered a team that looked to score more goals than they conceded.
But recent events prove otherwise. And they also boost the morale of the defenders.
Osymhen and Kvaratschelia are erasers
Viktor Osimhen and Hvicha Kvaratsheliya destroy everything that stands in their way.
And they are perhaps the best duo in football right now. Even better than De Bruyne and Haaland.
Osimhen has scored in each of his last 7 games in which he has played at least 20 minutes (a total of 9 goals over the period).
Kvartsakhelia scored a goal in their previous 3 matches.
Napoli's Georgian-Nigerian fist has knocked out almost every opponent they have faced so far.
And according to their statements, they intend to continue at the same pace going forward.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Trap; Yakic, N'Dicka, Tuta; Buta, Kamada, Sow, Max; Lindström, Goetze; Kolo Muani
Injured: Dina Ebimbe
Misses next match due to card : Hasebe, Jakic, Smolcic
Lineup: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rahmani, Mario Rui; Lobotka, Anguisa, Zelinsky; Lozano, Osimhen, Kvaratzhelia
Injuries : none
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