Eintracht Frankfurt - Aberdeen predictions and free betting tips [21/09/2023]
Greetings, everyone! The autumn weekdays delight us with a succession of European club tournaments. The Conference League, arguably, remains an underrated competition that is considered third in terms of emotional spectrum and overall popularity, following the Champions League and the Europa League. Regardless, for many football fans, the Conference League is gradually becoming a prominent European cup, compelling us to discuss and write about it.
Today, we will be contemplating the first round of this third-tier European cup, which features all sorts of confrontations, you could say, to suit all tastes and preferences. I'll begin with Group G, focusing on a matchup that has a clear-cut favourite.
The city of Frankfurt will host a match featuring the local club, Eintracht, which in the 2021/2022 season bagged the Europa League trophy, and now the Germans are performing a bit more modestly, although they continue to be full-fledged representatives from Germany in the European cups, albeit a level below. The Eagles' opponent in the opening game of the Conference League group stage will be Scotland's Aberdeen, winners of the 1982/1983 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and 1983 UEFA Super Cup.
As you can see, both clubs have European titles under their belts, meaning they've assured their places in the football chronicles. Let's see what the current Eintracht Frankfurt and Aberdeen can offer as participants in the relatively new European club tournament called the Conference League.
Predicted Team Lineups
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp; Buta, Tuta, Koch, Paciência, Nkunku; Sow, Larsen, Götze, Ebimbe; Ngankam.
Aberdeen: Roos; Devlin, Gartemann, McDonald, Jensen, Maguire; Clarkson, Shinnie, McGrath; Duku, Miovski.
Under the guidance of Dino Topmöller, appointed as the head coach of the Frankfurt team in June this year, Eintracht has yet to lose a formal match while already participating in three tournaments. This is commendable, with praise due for the new manager of the German contingent.
Eintracht launched strikingly with a 7-0 victory in the DFB-Pokal against Lokomotive Leipzig, followed by Bundesliga draws with a single home victory in conjunction, managing also to overcome Bulgaria's Levski in the Conference League play-off round. Generally, considering the team's restructuring, hence the adjustment of the playing system, these results are pretty good, but Eintracht needs to up its game, since division of points with clubs in the lower half of the Bundesliga table does not allow the Frankfurt team to be among the contenders for high positions that lead to the European cup arena of the following season.
Topmöller's team operates with three central defenders and agile lateral backs, but the attack lacks creativity, due to the overly pragmatic action of Eintracht's midfield, which hampers the display of vibrant football in the attack and creates balance in the game. Aberdeen will perform expansively, hence, the Germans need to generate more scoring opportunities near the opponent's goal, controlling the ball and territorial space. Pragmatic football probably won't cut it here, and it's unseemly for the favourite to play in a reserved mode.
The Scottish club also had a change of coach, but back in May, when Aberdeen was finishing the season, clinching 3rd place in its league Championship playoff following the legendary Celtic and Rangers. Barry Robson is in charge of the team from the port city of Scotland.
Although last season ended fairly well, the current one commenced poorly. The 120-year-old club got knocked out from the Europa League qualification while in the national championship, they sit in the penultimate position. Luckily, in the League Cup, they managed to beat Stirling; otherwise, Aberdeen's performance would have failed in all respects. Perhaps this very victory saved Robson from termination from the club's chairman.
Aberdeen has difficulties in the forward line. There is a lack of due execution, excessive eagerness to score goals results in defensive issues. Generally, systemic troubles have arisen for Aberdeen, hence, the complaints against Robson are quite logical and the Scottish specialist should strive to change the team's situation; otherwise, he's certainly getting sacked in the short term.
For the first round of the group stage, the German club from Frankfurt is quite a tricky opponent, yet Aberdeen should strive to demonstrate potent offensive football, as the British playing style stands unquestioned, contrarily, it should be showcased against the backdrop of Eintracht, who will definitely surge forward. Robson is unlikely to have put the defence in order by this match, meaning heavy offensive play is necessary for Aberdeen, especially when there are players capable enough to net goals, at the minimum player like Bojan Miovski should get involved and make his presence count in this game.
Match prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt - Aberdeen
My prediction is that we will see a high-scoring match. Both teams are experiencing defensive issues and an inclination to dart forward and score their goals through fast-paced attacks, which makes me believe this match will certainly be entertaining.