Full credit to Chelsea because they handled themselves really well in the first leg of this semi final tie out in Germany. The score in the tie is sat level at 1-1 but Chelsea have a precious away goal in the bag all ready. Can the Blues finish the job back at Stamford Bridge now as they go in search of the title? Read our Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt betting tips for more.
Eintracht Frankfurt 13/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
So Chelsea have a nice advantage now and are poised well in this tie. After coming from behind to earn a draw in the first leg out in Germany, the longer that first leg went on the less and less threatening Frankfurt became. That continued an impressive campaign in this season’s UEFA Champions League from Chelsea. The Blues have won each of their last nine home games in the Europa League and now do look fully to be in the driving seat to reach the final.
With a good league performance in the English top flight on the weekend and other results going their way, Chelsea have confirmed a top-four finish there are so will be heading to the Champions League next season. That take some pressure off them on the domestic front and allows them to fully focus on the second leg of this tie. In avoiding defeat in the first leg of this tie Chelsea have set a new record in the competition as that was their 16th game in a row without defeat.
It was also Chelsea’s 11th win in their 13 matches played in this season’s competition (D2). The Blues have won five of their nine previous UEFA competition ties after having drawn the first leg away from home. They have however lost three of their last four. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is the top scorer in this season’s competition with 10 goals to his name. Chelsea have never lost at home to German visitors, winning six of their eight previous such fixtures. Two of those eight games were knockout phase fixtures, Chelsea winning both of those.
While Chelsea were booking a top-four finish in the Premier League on the weekend, Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a 6-1 hammering against Bayer Leverkusen in the German top flight. To be fair they probably had one big eye on this fixture. Frankfurt have been a major threat in this season’s competition and they have scored in each of their last 14 away games in Europe. The big danger man Luka Jovic opened the scoring for them with a fantastic header in the first half of the opening game of this tie.
Jovic is on nine goals for this seasons Europa League campaign, just one behind Chelsea’s Giroud. Frankfurt have only been involved in two previous two-legged ties against English clubs in European action before. They lost both of those ties and suffered defeats in both away games. It has been really good stuff from them in this season’s Europa League though as they won their group ahead of Lazio and Marseille. They then got past Shakhtar and Inter Milan in the knockout stages before taking out Benfica 4-2 on aggregate in the quarterfinals.
The home record that Eintracht Frankfurt have in the Europa League, home and away (including qualifying) is W16 D5 L2 which is highly impressive. They have won seven of their 11 previous away games in this competition, but just one of those victories have been in the knockout phase. Eintracht have lost three of the four UEFA ties in which they have drawn the first leg at home. This is the first-ever appearance in the Europa League semi-final by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Chelsea’s second-half performance out in Germany, in particular, gave a good indication of the difference in class between the two teams. The Blues pretty much controlled the game and should be able to handle whatever the Germans throw at them at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea to win and both teams to score.
6th May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Chelsea are the favourites to get through this tie but this isn’t going to be that easy of a first leg from them. The Germans are a very enterprising, positive side and it has not taken much for Chelsea to crumble away from home during this calendar year. Chelsea could come under some pressure in this one. Read our Eintracht Frankfurt v Chelsea betting tips for more.
Eintracht Frankfurt 7/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 30th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
The way that Eintracht Frankfurt have handled themselves in this season’s at UEFA Europa league has been highly impressive. They have only lost one game on their way to the semifinals. In the group stage they picked up maximum points, and that was not a particularly easy group that they were in either. In this season’s group stage, they faced Lazio, last year’s Europa League runners up Marseille and Apollon Limassol.
They also moved on to take out some big guns through the knockout stages of the competition.each of their three opponents in the knockout rounds, prior to this meeting with Chelsea, were against teams who dropped down from this season’s champions league. First of all Eintracht Frankfurt beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 32, before seeing off Inter Milan in the following round. That set them up with a quarter-final tie against Benfica.
Eintracht Frankfurt lost the first leg of that tie away from home, playing a large chunk of the game with 10-men. But they battled so well to get a couple of goals on the board in a 4-2 defeat. Those away goals were so vital in the end as they turned the tie around with a 2-0 home success over Benfica, to progress through on away goals.
This will be the first time that Eintracht Frankfurt have faced Chelsea. The Germans have had experience against English opposition before, but it all has been negative. They have lost all three of their previous two-legged UEFA competition ties against English teams. Their last game against English opposition was a 0-0 home draw against Newcastle in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage, with a 0-0 draw being played out in that fixture.
It leaves Eintracht Frankfurt unbeaten on home soil against English teams at a W2 D2 record. Eintracht Frankfurt have only ever lost two games in the Europa League, winning 16 of their other 20 fixtures played in the competition. So that is highly impressive and at home in the Europa League, Eintracht Frankfurt have never lost that game. Their record in Europa League home games is won nine, drawn two. They are the only one team left in the final four who have never been to the semifinals of this competition before.
Chelsea have gone just a little bit better than what Eintracht Frankfurt have done in this season’s Europa League. Chelsea are undefeated in this campaign, winning 11 of their 12 fixtures. They took an easy group win at the first stage before coasting to a 5-1 aggregate victory over Swedish side Malmo in the round of 32. Chelsea then sent Dinamo Kiev packing with an 8-0 aggregate success. They were pushed a little bit more when it came to facing Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals.
Despite a pretty poor performance they managed to survive a trip to Prague by earning a late 1-0 victory. The return leg at Stamford Bridge ended in a 4-3 win for the Blues. Chelsea’s overall home and away form against Bundesliga opposition is not bad at all. From their 19 previous matches they hold a W10 D5 L4 record. They have also won their last two visits to Bundesliga opposition.
On their last show trip to Germany, Chelsea has faced Schalke and in those two matches, the English side produced a 3-0 and 5-0 victory. In the Europa League, Chelsea are currently on a six-match winning streak. This has suddenly become a hugely important campaign for them because it offers them a guaranteed place in next season’s Champions lLeague if they can lift the title. That is a nice backup to have just in case things don’t work out in the top four finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea have equalled Atletico Madrid’s unbeaten 15 match streak in the UEFA Europa League. So they are on the brink of setting a whole new standard. Chelsea haven’t lost in the Europa league since a defeat at Rubin Kazan in their 2012/13 quarter-final. That campaign was their only previous one in the Europa League, and Chelsea still went on to win the tournament outright in what was their debut season. Chelsea have won six of their last seven (D1) away games in the Europa league, scoring 14 goals and conceding just the four.
There is a decent chance that the Germans can come up with a positive result in this one. They will be pushing for a something good on home soil in this first leg to defend out on the road. That makes them dangerous. Home win.
1st May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
This tie looks pretty much to be in the bag with Chelsea having powered their way to a 3-0 success in the first leg. That sets them up so well for this trip out and East. It should be a simple matter of game management from the Premier League side now. Read our Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea betting tips for more.
Dynamo Kiev 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 12th, 2019 at 4:12 p.m.)
It was comfortable for a patient Chelsea side in the end at home against Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of this round of sixteen tie. Chelsea have never won in Ukraine before having gone D1 L1 there from their previous visits. The victory in the first leg gave Chelsea their eighth win in nine Europa League games this season (D1). After topping their group stage they comfortably beat Malmo 5-1 in the last round.
This is the second meeting between the two teams after having met in the 2015/16 Champions League group stage. There was a 0-0 draw between them in Kiev on that occasion. In their other game in Ukraine, Chelsea lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2013/14 Champions League. The Blues are unbeaten in twelve Europa League games now. They are W4 D1 in their last five away games in the competition. The Blues have won 11 of the 15 previous UEFA ties after a first-leg victory at home.
There is a big uphill task for Kiev then in this one. Like Chelsea, Dynamo Kiev also won their group in the Europa League and then edged a 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiakos in the last round. They do actually have some good home form against English sides. They have only suffered three defeats in their 14 previous home games against English opponents, winning five of those.
In the Europa League specifically, Dynamo Kiev are W2 D1 at home against English sides. They have won their two previous knockout ties as well in this competition against English opposition, Man City in 2010/11 and Everton in 2014/15. It doesn’t look too likely that they are going to pull off a win in this tie. Dynamo Kiev have lost just two of their last fourteen home games in Europe (W8 D4) which is a fine record. In 5 of their last 13 previous UEFA ties where they had lost the first leg away from home, Kiev fought back to win.
There is little need for Chelsea to push in this one and given that Kiev have a pretty good home record against English sides, the draw may be the safest bet in the match outright.
13th March 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Blues are overwhelming favourites for this round of sixteen tie in the UEFA Europa League. They start with home soil advantage against Ukrainian opponents Dynamo Kiev. It has been fairly easy passage for Chelsea so far. Will that continue? Read our Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev betting tips for more.
Dynamo Kiev 9/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 3rd, 2019 at 9:32 p.m.)
It has been steady progress from Chelsea in the tournament so far this season. They have posted a W7 D1 record in their eight games. In the last round, they eased to a 5-1 aggregate win over Malmo. Chelsea met Kiev in the 2015/16 Champions League group stage with the Blues winning 2-1 at home after a 0-0 away draw. The only other encounter with Ukrainian opponents that Chelsea have had was against Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2013/14 Champions League with the two trading home wins.
Current Chelsea star Willian scored twice for Shakhtar’s in their 3-2 home win, which dropped Chelsea to the Europa League which the Blues then went on to win. The Blues are on an eleven match undefeated streak of form in the Europa League. Their record at Stamford Bridge in the competition is W7 D1. Olivier Giroud is on a five-match scoring streak in the UEFA Champions League.
Kiev were group winners in this season’s Europa League, topping Rennes. In the last round, they produced a win over Olympiakos 3-2 on aggregate. Dinamo Kiev have faced plenty of English opposition before. This will be their 29th game against English opposition. They have won exactly half of their previous 28 so it is something of a competitive record from them.
They have, however, lost 11 of their 14 previous visits to England, so that is where it has fallen down (D3). They have failed to score in 9 of those 14 as well. The last time they were in England they played out a 0-0 draw at Man City in the Champions League 2015/16 round of sixteen. They are D1 L2 in three previous Europa league visits to England.
This opener may be a low scoring affair. Chelsea will be happy enough to get a clean sheet on the board in this first leg. They should have the quality, even though not at their strongest to find a way past their opponents. Chelsea to win to nil.
5th March 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Chelsea conceded late out in Sweden in a 2-1 victory which just keeps this tie interesting and exciting. But realistically the Blues should be able to handle themselves back at the Bridge in this second leg. Read our Chelsea v Malmo betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 17th, 2019 at 7:16 p.m.)
Chelsea met up with Malmo for the first time ever in the first leg of this tie. Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud got their goals in the game. They really should have closed the game out, but the Blues fell apart in the last ten minutes as Malmo ramped up the pressure. Chelsea have faced two previous ties against Swedish sides, with a W1 L1 record in those two. In the group stage this season Chelsea won all three of their home games, conceding just the one goal in that sequence of games.
This is the second time that Chelsea have been at this stage of the competition. The Blues are undefeated in ten Europa League games now, winning nine of the games in that sequence. They have never lost a home game (W6 L1) in the Europa League. They have not won any of the last four knockout stage games in Europe (D2 L2) however. The Blues have never lost a UEFA tie having won the first leg away from home.
Chelsea hold a 2-1 lead in the tie
The first leg was the first-ever game between the two clubs
Malmo began this season’s European campaign the first round of the Champions League qualifiers. They lost in the third qualifying round. They got through the Europa League playoffs through to make the group stage. The only previous time that Malmo were in the group stage of the European League was in 2011/12 and they picked up one point.
They collected nine in his season’s group stage, going unbeaten in five (W2 D3). This is the first time that they have been in the knockout stage of a European competition since 1986/87. Away from home in Europe, this season Malmo are W4 D2 L1 and they have picked up a clean sheet in five of those fixtures. Malmo have never progressed in a European tie having lost the first game at home. Malmo have never won an away game in the knockout stages of a European competition (D2 L3).
Chelsea can cruise this tie. They had a bad ten minutes at the end of the first leg to concede but should be able to keep the Swedes at bay. Chelsea to win to nil at the Bridge.
19th February 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Things haven’t been going well for Chelsea on the domestic front lately, how will they fare on their trip to Sweden on Thursday in the round of 32 in the Europa League? The Blues are unbeaten in four previous matches against Swedish opposition. Read our Malmo v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 11th, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.)
Malmo pulled off something of an underdog success in the group stage of this season’s Europa League. They managed to complete the double over Besiktas with a win on matchday six to put themselves through to the knockout phase at the expense of the Turkish outfit. No Swedish side has ever gone beyond this stage of the competition. The most famous match that Malmo have been in against English opposition was the 1979 European Champions Clubs’ Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest which they lost 1-0.
The Swedes have just one win against English opposition. They lost their opening game of the group stage in this season’s Europa League but then went unbeaten in five (W2 D3). Malmo are currently unbeaten in their last eight European home games, drawing six of those. Actually, the Swedish outfit have not suffered a home loss in Europe since PSG beat them in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea comfortably won their Europa League group only dropping the two points along the way. They don’t produce anything spectacular, they basically just got the job done with as little effort as possible. Chelsea won two of their three away games in the group, both of them were 1-0 successes. This is just their second appearance in the round of 32 in the Europa League.
The last time that they were in the knockouts was in 2012/13 when they went on to win the tournament. The Blues are undefeated in their last nine games in the Europa League. Before their 2-2 draw at Vidi on matchday six, they were on an eight-match winning streak. Their last away defeat in Europe happened in the second leg of their 2013 campaign’s quarterfinal at Rubin Kazan. In all competitions, Chelsea are on a four-match losing streak away from home without having scored a goal.
Chelsea are going to be under pressure in this one to get the win. We can see them dusting themselves off and getting it. It’s hard to trust their defence though so Chelsea to win & both teams to score it is for 15/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 11th, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.)
12th February 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Chelsea have already won the group and have nothing to play for on Thursday night. So they can make plenty of personnel changes. Vidi meanwhile do have a target in mind. If they can earn more points than BATE can on the night, then they will get through. So will they come and attack or hope to simply avoid defeat? Read our Vidi v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 11th, 2018 at 2:17 p.m.)
Vidi can make it through to the next round of the competition but it is going to be tough for them. They have to try and better whatever BATE do on the night to achieve that, as they are level on six points with BATE after their five games. So far at home in the group, Vidi lost 2-0 against BATE and then beat PAOK 1-0. In none of their group stage games so far have both teams scored. The only previous encounter with English opposition was against Man Utd in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup. Vidi won 1-0 at home and beat United in a penalty shootout.
They are the current champions of Hungary and they were close to getting to the Champions League but slipped out in the playoff round to drop into the Europa League. This is their second campaign in the Europa League group stage. They have won four of their previous 13 European fixtures. They ended a six-match winless streak in European action with a 2-0 success over PAOK on match day two. They also snapped a three-match European home streak without a win when they beat the Geeks at home on matc hday four. Vidi’s overall record against English opposition is W1 L2
Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge in their first ever meeting
Chelsea have topped the group easily with five wins from five in a pretty easy campaign as expected. Chelsea are just one of three clubs in this season’s group stage with maximum points after five games. They have won four of their group stage games with a clean sheet so that’s a decent trend there. On their travels, they took 1-0 wins at PAOK and at BATE. That is the first time that they have won back to back European away games since the 2013/14 Champions League group stage
The Blues have tallied ten goals in their five games, conceding one in their group campaign so far. With just the one goal against, that is the best defensive record in the group stage currently. This is their first ever Europa League groups stage campaign. They have won three of their last four games in all conceptions now (L1) after beating Man City in the Premier League on the weekend. Their overall away form in all competitions is W7 D1 L2 for the season. The Blues have lost their last two away games (both EPL fixtures).
There could be a decent shot at the draw in this one. Vidi could get through to the next round if they avoid defeat on the night. Chelsea are likely to send out nothing more than a second string in a total dead rubber for them. Draw.
11th December 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Chelsea have already qualified for the knockout phase of the competition. They are playing for top spot on Thursday night in the group. They have to just avoid defeat to that. PAOK are still alive in the group but they have some work to do to say in it. Read our Chelsea v PAOK betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 27th, 2018 at 8:20 p.m.)
Chelsea have had a fairly easy time of things so far in the Europa League group stage this season. They have produced 88 shots in total so far in their four games, more than any other team at this stage of this season’s campaign. With four wins from four in the group, three of those were with a clean sheet. Chelsea to win to nil is at 20/21 odds* (betting odds taken on November 27th, 2018 at 9:11 pm) which does include their 1-0 away win against PAOK on matchday one.
Interestingly, despite being the top shot-producers in the group stage so far, three of their four wins have been 1-0 victories only so they haven’t been clinical up front. Chelsea have won their two previous home games against Greek opposition, the most recent of which was in 2008 against Olympiacos. Chelsea are unbeaten in Europe at Stamford Bridge since a 2-1 loss against Basel in 2013. From their following thirteen matches, they are W10 D3. They were on a run of three straight home draws in Europe before beating Vidi on matchday two.
The matchday one meeting was the first-ever game between the two clubs
The Greeks have their qualification hopes still hanging in there. They stay alive unless they lose and Vidi don’t or if they draw and Vidi win on Thursday night. PAOK are W1 L3 in the group so far and their only win was in a 4-1 success at BATE. Those are their only goals in the group as well incidentally. Following that win they then lost back to back against Vidi to ruin their campaign. Their 1-0 loss at home to Chelsea on matchday one was their first loss in five games against English sides.
From their two previous trips to England, they took a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in 1997 and a 2-1 win at Tottenham in 2011. Their overall away record in the Europa League is W9 D6 L5. Having come through the qualifiers they are W2 D2 L1 in five away games this season, their loss coming against Vidi in the group stage, snapping their unbeaten run. Both teams not to score is 3/4 odds* (betting odds taken on November 27th, 2018 at 9:11 pm) should appeal as they are taking on a Chelsea side who have the joint best defensive record in the group stage so far.
We can only see another routine win for Chelsea happening in this one. Given that they have three clean sheets and PAOK have failed to score in three games so far, a Chelsea to win to nil option has to leading our betting tips.
28th November 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Chelsea will be looking to make it three wins from three in Group L of the Europa League. They have banked back to back 1-0 wins so far and just basically are doing what is needed. BATE have picked up three points from their two games so far but took a hammering last time out. Read our Chelsea v BATE betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 23rd, 2018 at 4:11 p.m.)
Chelsea are in command at the top of the group having picked up back to back wins to start with. They were both 1-0 victories over PAOK and MOL Vidi so it has been comfortable progress for them. It lends a bit of a trend towards under 2.5 goals at 13/8 odds* (betting odds taken on October 23rd, 2018 at 3:31 pm). They aren’t sending out their strongest starting eleven for these games and haven’t been troubled at all. They frankly should have scored more goals though.
Chelsea have never before met a side from Belarus. In their only previous Europa League campaign which was back in 2013, Chelsea won the title. That was after dropping from the Champions League group stage, so this is their first Europa League group stage campaign. The home win over Video on match day two snapped a run of three straight European home draws that Chelsea had posted.
They actually haven’t lost a group stage home game in European competition since back in 2013. That’s a run of twelve games since then, with Chelsea winning nine of those. Chelsea to win to nil is at 8/13* (betting odds taken on October 23rd, 2018 at 3:31 pm) to see them continue their form so far in the group stage. If you are looking for a goalscorer option then Olivier Giroud scored for Arsenal in both games against BATE in last season’s group stage competition.
This will be the first meeting between Chelsea and BATE
BATE have a W1 L1 record so far from their two games in the group and their points were earned against Vidi. But they took a bit of a harrowing home defeat on match day two as they were thumped 4-1 by PAOK. BATE are one of 12 domestic champions who are in the group stage of this season’s’ Europa League, Chelsea are one of 10 domestic cup holder. They are on course to win their 13th domestic title on the bounce, their season finishing soon.
They have faced English opposition before and their first game in England was at Everton in the 2009/10 Europa League group stage which saw them take a surprise 1-0 win at Everton. On their return to England last season when they faced Arsenal, they were smashed 6-0 at the Emirates which was after losing 4-2 at home against the Gunners.
In their European campaign this season, they were in the Champions League qualifiers but suffered a loss against PSV Eindhoven 6-2 on aggregate in the playoff round. A Chelsea 2-0 correct score option is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 23rd, 2018 at 3:31 pm) as the visitors may well struggle to get into this game. Their overall form on the road in the group stage of the Europa League is W3 D3 L4 and were on a four-match winless away streak before their win at Vidi on match day one.
This should be another comfortbale return of points for Chelsea. They have blanked their other two opponents pretty easily in the group so far and we are going to back this one to go the same way. Chelsea to win to nil.
23rd October 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting