Watch Eintracht Frankfurt Vs. Chelsea FC UEFA Europa League Live Stream: Semifinal 2nd Leg, Start Time
Europa League Cinderella team Eintracht Frankfurt look to continue their surprising run when they host tournament favorites Chelsea FC in a seminal match.
In what promises to be a goal-filled showdown, the surprise team of the UEFA Europa League, German side Eintracht Frankfurt, host tournament favorites Chelsea FC on Thursday in a semifinal match pitting two teams that have scored a combined total of 58 goals — 28 for Frankfurt, 30 for Chelsea — in 12 games played each so far, according to Metro UK. But while Chelsea have the pedigree in European competition, with a Champions League victory in 2012 and a Europa League title the following year already in their trophy case, Eintracht Frankfurt have lost only one of their dozen matches — and they won their quarterfinal tie anyway, as they look to keep the run of form going against the English team in a match that will live stream from their home ground.
To find out how to watch the Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Chelsea FC UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at the 51,500-seat Waldstadion, or Commerzbank-Arena as it is officially named, in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, May 2. That start time will be 8 p.m. British Summer Time in the United Kingdom.
In the United States, fans can watch the game at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, or noon Pacific. In the Republic of Indonesia, the Die Adler vs. Blues match starts at 2 a.m. on Friday morning, May 3, Western Indonesian Time, or 4 a.m. Eastern Indonesia Time.
In the quarter-finals, Chelsea overcame Slavia Prague 5-3 on aggregate, while Frankfurt eliminated Portugese side Benfica on away goals in a stunning 4-4 tie.
Both Chelsea and Frankfurt sit fourth in their respective leagues, but neither team is in electrifying form – the London club have three victories in their last six matches, and the German side have won just two of their last six games.
The Europa League may therefore represent as good an opportunity for Champions League football next season as the clubs’ domestic ventures.Predicted line-upsFrankfurt: Trapp; Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger; Da Costa, Fernandes, Rode, Kostic, Gacinovic; Paciencia, JovicChelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, HazardHead-to-head…Thursday evening’s clash will mark the first time the two clubs have played each other in official competition.Form guide…Frankfurt: WLLWDDChelsea: WWLWDDOdds…Frankfurt to win: 9/5Chelsea to win: 31/20Draw: 12/5(Odds by Betfair)Prediction… Frankfurt 1-2 ChelseaFrankfurt showed a lot of heart and determination in the quarter-finals, progressing on away goals after overturning a 4-2 first leg defeat, which included a sending off for the German side.
The team’s celebration at full-time in the second leg showed what the Europa League means to them, so expect Frankfurt to be fired up for Thursday’s fixture.
Adi Hutter’s side will be without Ante Rebic in their front line, however, as the Croatian sees out the final days of a suspension, while Chelsea have their own absentees in Callum Hudson-Odoi – whose Achilles injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season – and Willian.
With Gonzalo Higuain failing to impress at the weekend, Olivier Giroud is likely to start as striker for the Blues, and the tournament’s top scorer will be eager to add to his tally of 10 goals in the Europa League this season.
Chelsea must also beware Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, though, who has eight goals in the competition this term – the second highest return after Giroud.