Eintracht Frankfurt vs Strasbourg for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at Commerzbank-Arena Stadium.
The home team, guided by the Austrian coach Addi Hutter enters yet another round of qualifying for the Europa League group stage looking to re-attend the competition where last year had a noteworthy course, achieving namely the elimination of Benfica, already directed by Bruno Lage.
The team comes to this 2nd leg match after suffering a defeat on the ground from their opponent 1-0. The squad reaches this stage after they have already left along the way Flora and Vaduz, being forced to win this meeting to seal the qualification for the official phase of the European competition.
Already the Strasbourg team enters this new match of pre-qualifying rounds for the Europa League trying to guarantee in this meeting the passage to the next phase of the competition.
That would lead to the team being able to qualify for the first time for the Europa League (had already been present in previous editions of the former UEFA Cup).
The result achieved in the 1st leg home match by 1-0, was an important start for the French team to aim for that goal, in a game where Strasbourg was above all pragmatic, taking advantage of the only clear goal opportunity they had in that match, thus being superior to their opponent (who had 3 times more shots on target).
In a game where there is still much at stake because we are still in the middle of the tie, a goal was scored so far, and the visitors being ahead can play with this advantage while the Germans will have to submit more significant initiative and offensive capability compared to the previous match to reverse the disadvantage.
I believe that this alone should be sufficient to have an exciting match from the offensive point of view because both teams have a more offensive than defensive mindset.