Here is the latest form and team news from Barcelona and Eintracht Frankfurt:
Barcelona’s resurgence is impressive, with the Blaugrana winning matches at every turn these days, they have enough reasons to dream of a first Europa League trophy. Xavi’s side are on a 15-match unbeaten run, winning 11 and drawing 3 of those fixtures. Quite unexpectedly, they have emerged favorites to clinch this year’s EL trophy, and if their present form is anything to go by, they might just achieve that.
Barcelona have been solid at home in recent matches, keeping four straight clean sheets heading into this fixture. 100,000 fans at the Camp Nou will make a difference in this fixture, and with players like Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres, and Pedri in such excellent form, Barcelona are confident of getting the desired result on the night.
The trio of Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, and Samuel Umtiti are still on the sidelines injured. Also, Gerard Pique picked up a knock that might rule him out of the tie, and veteran defender Dani Alves is unavailable for selection.
Losing 2-1 at the weekend has not dampened the mood in Frankfurt, and the German team, whose run of 4 straight draws ended over the weekend, are gunning for a historic victory at the Camp Nou. Notably, the German side is yet to lose to Spanish sides in the knockout stages of European competition, winning all three encounters, and they will find strength in their historic success over La Liga sides.
Frankfurt are yet to lose in the EL this season, winning four and drawing five of their 9 Europa League matches. They have also won 3 and drawn 1 of their last 4 continental fixtures, and have the same record in their last four away games against Spanish opposition. They have a player in Filip Kostic to watch out for, and they will certainly feel they can do one over Barcelona in Spain.
For injuries and enforced absences, Eintracht Frankfurt have Tuta sidelined with a red card, and the duo of Diant Ramaj and Christopher Lenz out with injuries.