On Thursday evening the first two of group D face each other on the fourth day of the Europa League. A win for both sides will likely give them a huge chance to advance to the next round of the competition.
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Eintracht Frankfurt have the narrow lead on Matchday 4, as the German side lead the standings in Group D, having won seven out of nine possible points. Olympiacos are just behind them as they could climb to the top with a win in Greece.
Frankfurt will feel like they have a very good chance of qualifying for this competitive Group D if they avoid an away defeat on Thursday. The Bundesliga club have won seven points up to this point and scored five goals. They have the best defensive record of the group, having conceded only two.
Their best group stage performance came in their last game, when they beat Olympiacos 3-1 in Frankfurt. Rafael Santos Borre scored the lead after 26 minutes from the penalty spot, while Almamy Toure doubled in the second minute of added time at halftime. Daichi Kamada further expanded his lead in the second period.
Olympiacos are by no means out of the race for the automatic qualifying spot after that defeat, as they are still in second place, just one point behind the German giants. The Greek team had their two precedents before that defeat. However, their defensive record will need to improve, as no other team have conceded more goals in Group D.
Despite the defeat in Frankfurt, Olympiacos still had brilliant moments as they drew in the second half with Youssef El-Arabi before the hosts walked away.
Olympiacos-Eintracht Frankfurt go head to head
The Greek hosts will be looking to avoid an unwanted piece of history this week. They have never lost consecutive games in the Europa League. Meanwhile, Frankfurt lost in their last game in Greece against PAOK Thessaloniki in the 1981-82 season.
Prediction Olympiacos – Eintracht Frankfurt
Cases can be made for both Frankfurt and Olympiacos who have won this match. However, the visitors enter the game in good shape and could maintain their recent excellent performances by scoring a big win in the battle for first place.
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