Friday, March 1, 2024

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt vs PAOK

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Two sides battling it out in the chase to clinch top spot in Group G, Eintracht Frankfurt will welcome PAOK to Germany on Thursday night.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Starting with the hosts, marking their return from November’s international break with a downbeat performance on home soil, Eintracht Frankfurt will certainly be seeking an immediate response here. Eventually suffering a 2-1 loss at the hands of Stuttgart, the Eagles also watched their stellar seven-match unbeaten run come to an abrupt end. Nevertheless, despite opening up the 2023/24 campaign in the midst of an inconsistent wobble, Dino Toppmoller’s side have punched their Europa Conference League knockout stage ticket with plenty of time to spare. However, facing what could be another tricky challenge on Thursday night, Frankfurt should be concerned by their most reverse Group G showdown against PAOK. Hit with a 2-1 defeat when they travelled over to Greece on October 5th, Toppmoller’s men will know the importance of claiming some immediate revenge at Deutsche Bank Park in midweek.

Team News

Not making a single appearance since the end of September, Eintracht Frankfurt will once again be without the services of influential skipper Sebastian Rode on Thursday night. Likewise, former Leeds defender Robin Koch is not expected to feature after sustaining a knock prior to November’s international break.

Already bagging a trio of Europa Conference League strikes this year, 24-year-old Omar Marmoush will spearhead Toppmoller’s charge here. One-time Bayern Munich superstar Mario Gotze could be handed a full recall in midweek.

PAOK

As for the visitors, marking their return from November’s international break with a stunning performance as they breezed their way to a 5-0 romp against Panseeaikos, PAOK have continued to impress on either side of the fortnight interval. While the Greek giants might have been disappointed earlier in the month as they eventually had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Aberdeen on home soil, Razvan Lucescu’s side have suffered just a single defeat from their previous 13 straight appearances across all competitions. With that run stemming all the way back to September 3rd, PAOK will also be excited by their eye-catching reverse showdown against Thursday’s hosts. Landing a stellar 2-1 victory when they welcomed Frankfurt to the Toumba Stadium back on October 5th, some in Lucescu’s camp could be smelling the chance to spring another Europa Conference League upset on foreign soil.

Team News

Both yet to make a single appearance this season and still dealing with respective long-term injury issues, PAOK will once again be without the duo of Filipe Soares and Marcos Antonio on Thursday night.

While former Mallorca starlet Brandon Thomas might have failed to find the net in seven of his previous eight appearances across all competitions, the 28-year-old should spearhead PAOK’s charge in Frankfurt. One-time Brazil international Taison should partner Thomas in the final third here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides met for their reverse Europa Conference League meeting on October 5th, PAOK picked up a 2-1 victory on home soil.
    • Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss against Stuttgart over the weekend brought an end to their seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
    • PAOK have bagged 13 goals in their previous four appearances across all competitions.
    • 24-year-old Omar Marmoush has bagged six goals in his previous eight appearances across all formats.
    • Five of PAOK’s last six appearances on the road have finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    In what looks set to be a must-win showdown on Thursday night, neutrals could be treated to another enjoyable affair here. With PAOK landing a 2-1 victory when they welcomed Eintracht Frankfurt over to Greece on October 5th, chances could come thick and fast at Deutsche Bank Park. It should be highlighted, with Lusescu’s squad seeing five of their previous six appearances on the road finish with both teams finding the net, we are expecting a similar outcome in midweek.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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