After taking the lead in the eighth minute, Eintracht Frankfurt fought off a fierce Napoli attack to hold their ground and come away with a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Europa League group stage game at Commerzbank Arena on Thursday.
Catalina Pintosic scored the opener for Eintracht, but Mexican international Hirving Lozano equalized with a headed finish just ten minutes later.
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti made his intentions clear early in the second half as substitute Lorenzo Insigne tested the Frankfurt goalkeeper from close range. This followed a flurry of attacks from the Italian side, but their goalkeeping heroics were up for the challenge, as the visitors saw their attempts to regain the lead continually rebuffed.
With just under ten minutes remaining, Eintracht Frankfurt seized upon a counter-attack and had the chance to regain the lead, as Filip Kostic’s attempt flew narrowly over the bar.
In the end, Eintracht Frankfurt pushed the draw to their limits and held off Napoli.
The result means Napoli remain first in the Group F table, while Eintracht Frankfurt are five points behind in fourth place.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Napoli Betting Odds
Eintracht Frankfurt and Napoli will clash in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday in a highly-anticipated match.
The Germans have been impressive in recent fixtures, gaining an impressive 9 points out of 12 in their last four matches in the Bundesliga. On the other hand, Napoli have been in poor form, winning just once in their last 7 games in all competitions.
Analysts across Europe are backing Eintracht Frankfurt to win the tie, which comes as no surprise, given their recent performances. According to the bookmakers, Eintracht Frankfurt are the favorites with odds of 8/5 in their favor. Napoli have odds of 13/8 to win the match.
The game is equally important for both teams, as a win for Napoli will secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition but for Eintracht Frankfurt, a win will be just as important, as it will strengthen their chances of progressing from the group stage.
This should be an exciting match and the odds are a testament to how evenly matched these two sides are. While Eintracht Frankfurt may start as the favorites, the match could easily go either way.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Napoli Predictions
Today sees a clash of two giants meet at Commerzbank Arena, with Eintracht Frankfurt taking on Napoli.
A close game is expected, with both teams siting near the top of their respective leagues in the Bundesliga and Serie A.
Eintracht Frankfurt boasts some of the most talented players in Europe, with the likes of Luka Jovic, Andre Silva and Filip Kostic, who have scored a combined 28 goals this season in all competitions, so far. Die Adler have been impressive in the Bundesliga, sitting third on the table behind leader Borussia Monchengladbach.
Napoli also has some thrilling players, such as Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, and Jose Callejon, who are part of a formidable attack. Carlo Ancelotti’s team have been competitive in Italy’s Serie A, with a total of nine points from their last six Serie A matches.
With so much talent on display, this should be an exciting contest. On paper, both teams are evenly matched, but Eintracht Frankfurt has been consistent at home, making them the slight favourite for this game.
It will be interesting to see how Ancelotii’s men can break down a strong Frankfurt defence, but if they are able to produce the decisive goal, they could upset the home side.
This promises to be a close encounter and with both teams scoring regularly, this match could well be decided by a single goal.