Frankfurt v Barcelona Match Preview Tuesday 7.4.22 8:00PM

Xavi’s Barcelona is a beast reborn from the ashes of their early-season insignificance. A trip to Germany awaits them in their unfamiliar Thursday night European slot.

Frankfurt

Frankfurt received 250,000 ticket requests for this game when there are only 48,500 tickets available. It has been a season to forget for Frankfurt fans however with them well off the pace of making a return to European competition next season through league finish. They did manage to dispatch a good looking Real Betis side this season in the last round, which extended their record against Spanish sides to five wins and two draws. If that wasn’t enough to inspire confidence in the German side, they also have never lost a major European home game at this stage or beyond, winning twelve and drawing four. Dinat Ramaj is Frankfurt’s only real absentee coming into this, with Danny da Costa and Christopher Lenz both having doubts.

Barcelona

Barcelona is having quite the remarkable season, suffering from a major hangover from their star talisman Lionel Messi who suffered a very messy public departure at the end of his contract. A change in president, a change of manager with the return of a club legend and a sprinkling of smart January transfer business later and Barcelona is starting to look more like the side they once were. They come into this game on a strong unbeaten run of thirteen winning ten of those games, keeping clean sheets in four of the last five. Perhaps the cherry on the cake is the fact Barca have won their past five away games by 2+ goals including away at Napoli and Real Madrid. Dani Alves isn’t registered for European games so is unavailable here. Sergio Dest, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Sergio Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Luuk de Jong also remain likely out with injury.

Head-To-Head & Trends

There is to head to head data to go off between the sides as they have never met in European competition. Frankfurt has drawn their last four games including a loss in ninety minutes and a 121st min goal to knock out Real Betis in the last round. Barcelona has won four of their last five games and drew their first leg with Galatasaray in the last round of this competition.  

Our Prediction

Frankfurt may have got this far but this game against Barcelona brings a definite step up in quality, one we’re not sure Frankfurt will take to. We liked the price on Barcelona to win the game at 1.83 but that was fast swallowed up, so perhaps the value play is to take Barcelona -1 on the Asian Handicap at 2.27 meaning if they do win the game by just one goal the stake would be refunded and if they win by more than a goal we get a very nice price. Another angle to play this game in is to back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime. Frankfurt, statistically, is his favourite side to play against, managing ten goals in thirteen competitive games against them, including two in this competition.

ASIAN HANDICAP – BARCELONA -1

Average Odds 2.27

ANYTIME GOALSCORER – PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG

Average Odds 2.00