Europa League

Barcelona vs Eintracht Frankfurt: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Grey Whitebloom
Eintracht Frankfurt and Barcelona duked out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the first leg last week
Eintracht Frankfurt and Barcelona duked out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the first leg last week / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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Barcelona host Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night with the tie delicately poised after a 1-1 draw in Germany.

Given the controversial abolition of the away goals rule, the first leg draw has reduced Thursday's clash to a winner-takes-all shootout but Barcelona have home advantage.

Here's everything you need to know about this European decider.


How to watch Barcelona vs Frankfurt on TV/live stream - UK/US

When is kick off? Thursday 14 April, 20:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Camp Nou
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport ESPN (UK), TUDN (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? BT Sport YouTube
Referee? Artur Dias
VAR? Joao Pinheiro


Barcelona team news

Gerard Pique pulled up in the first half of Barcelona's first-leg draw with an issue in his groin Xavi was keen to brush aside as discomfort rather than an injury. The veteran defender sat out the weekend win over Levante but may well force his way back into Thursday's XI.

The Dutch-born duo Memphis Depay and Sergino Dest also missed Barcelona's last match with hamstring concerns. However, Xavi revealed that the pair "should be back by Thursday."

Long-term absentees Ansu Fati (hamstring), Sergi Roberto (tendon) and Samuel Umtiti (foot) are all unavailable.


Frankfurt team news

Djibril Sow was forced off with a strained knee as Frankfurt lost to Freiburg on the weekend. That ligament damage has left the midfielder's involvement in midweek very much in doubt.

Left-back Christopher Lenz (calf) and backup goalkeeper Diant Ramaj (knee) are also inhabitants of Frankfurt's treatment room.

The Brazilian centre-back Tuta will also miss out as he serves his suspension for the second yellow card he received in the first leg.


Barcelona vs Frankfurt head-to-head record

Barcelona and Frankfurt met for the first time in competitive surrounds last Thursday.

The German hosts took the lead shortly after the interval, repeatedly unsettling the Catalans with blistering breakaways as they accrued more than twice as many shots (16 to seven) and double the expected goals figure (1.4 to 0.6 per FBref) of their illustrious hosts.

Xavi's double substitution of Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong allowed Barcelona a route back into the match and tie but the Blaugrana can scarcely afford another deer-in-the-headlights display.


Barcelona vs Frankfurt score prediction

Xavi admitted his side "didn't play a good game" against Frankfurt last week but at least earned a result that left him "satisfied."

Thursday night gives the young coach a perfect chance to show the lessons learned from a tough evening in which Barcelona were forced to play poorly but still avoided defeat. If the Catalans cut out the costly turnovers they ceded in dangerous positions, they may well improve upon their first leg result and performance.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Frankfurt

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