Eintracht Frankfurt need a big performance from top scorer Luka Jovic if they're to overturn their 4-2 first-leg defeat to Benfica and advance to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals at the Commerzbank-Arena on Thursday (kick-off: 9pm CEST/8pm BST/3pm ET).
It's a big ask, but if anyone can do it it's Frankfurt. The Eagles played with 10 men for over 70 minutes in Lisbon following Evan N'Dicka's sending off, scoring two potentially priceless away goals through former Benfica striker Jovic and Portugal international Goncalo Paciencia - and they might have had more. Ante Rebic picked up a knock in the Portuguese capital, but should be fit to take his place in attack, but coach Adi Hütter is unlikely to have Sebastien Haller available. The French striker sat out the first leg with an abdominal strain is set to sit out for a few weeks. Frankfurt's preferred front three have plundered an eye-watering 54 goals between them in all competitions so far this season.
As well as boasting one of the most exciting forward lines in Europe and home advantage, Eintracht will have a day extra to prepare for their must-win encounter. The Eagles are in Bundesliga action against lowly Augsburg on Sunday, while Benfica play Martimo a touch over 24 hours later. Joao Felix was the hero of the first leg, scoring three of Benfica's four goals, and will likely be used in the false nine role once again. Sebastien Corchia has been preferred to fellow right-back Andre Almeida in Europe this term, while former Frankfurt striker Haris Seferovic could reprise his role at the point of the attack, from where he has top-scored with 22 goals in all competitions for the Primeira Liga title chasers this season. The winners will face Chelsea or Slavia Prague in the last four.
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- Frankfurt have scored at least two goals in nine of their last 11 European games.
- Die Adler have even put four past each of Lazio, Marseille and Shakhtar Donetsk at their Commerzbank Arena this term.
- Jovic has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season, including eight in the Europa League.
- Frankfurt were European Cup finalists in 1960 and won the 1980 UEFA Cup. They are already enjoying their best run in Europe since 1995.
- Benfica have faced German opposition 46 times, losing 19, drawing 14 and coming out on top 13 times.
- Seferovic scored 16 goals in 86 games for Frankfurt before moving to Benfica in the summer of 2017.
Frankfurt: Trapp – Abraham (c), Hasebe, Hinteregger – Da Costa, Fernandes, Rode, Kostic – Rebic – Paciencia, Jovic
Out: Haller (abdominal strain), Tawatha (ankle)
Doubtful: Chandler (knee), Russ (Achilles), Toure (thigh)
Coach: Adi Hütter
Benfica: Vlochidomos – Corchia, Dias, Jardel (c), Grimaldo – Pizzi, Fernandes, Fejsa, Cervi – Felix, Seferovic
Out: Conti (foot), Ebuehi (ACL), Gabriel (knee)
Doubtful: Salvio (thigh)
Coach: Bruno Lage