Frankfurt have turned heads with their performances in all competitions this season. When it comes to the Europa League they have been equally great. They have managed to reach the round of 16, where they will now host Inter Milan on Thursday for the first leg. Inter Milan have not been in very solid shape lately but are ever dangerous.
Date/Time: 3-7-2019, 12:55 EST
Spread: Inter Milan +0.25
Total: 2.5 Goals
Frankfurt have been really exciting to watch this season, having put together a really nice squad. Their biggest weapon is their offense, as they have been firing in all cylinders so far. Frankfurt did great to win all six matches in the group stage and topped their group (Lazio, Marseille, Apollon). After that they clashed against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 32. After a 2-2 draw on the road, Frankfurt destroyed their opponents by a massive 1-4 at home and forced their way through to the round of 16. Frankfurt have scored a total of 23 goals in the Europa League so far, an average of 2.88 per matches.
On the other hand, Inter Milan struggled a lot in their Champions League group and finished 3rd (2-2-2). That moved them to the Europa League, where they had to face Austrian side Rapid Vienna in the round of 32. Inter Milan were really professional and recorded two clean sheets wins for an easy qualification to the round of 16. But they have failed to make it past this stage in each of their last two attempts (1-3-0). In their most recent tie they lost both home and away against German side Wolfsburg. Moreover, Inter Milan have struggled on German soil over the years, winning just six of their 22 matches here (6-9-7).
Frankfurt have also been really solid in the Bundesliga, where they also score a lot. Their defense is not very solid though, keeping just two clean sheets in their last 17 matches in all competitions. Surely Inter Milan can threaten with an away goal here.
I really do see Frankfurt taking the win in this first leg, but Inter Milan are not new to this. They usually play really carefully on the road. Just three of their last ten away matches featured Over 2.5 Goals. But this is a match between two very offensive sides and the Over 2.5 Goals has my attention.
Europa League Frankfurt vs Inter Milan Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals (+102)