FC Basel beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in the first leg of this last sixteen tie in the Europa League. That game was played in Germany and as the competition resumes, they are out to protect that advantage and progress to the quarter finals where the winners of the Wolfsburg v Shakhtar Donetsk tie await. Prior to the Thursday clash, Basel will play their final Swiss Super League game at home to FC Luzern on Monday. They will, however, remain third regardless of the result of that game and have qualified for next season's Europa League. They'd love to win this season's competition though and be playing in the Champions League as they did earlier this season.
Hosts FC Basel are unbeaten in their last six matches, although three of their last four have been draw. That includes a thrilling 4-4 home draw with Lugano, where they twice had to come from behind to get a point. They will hope their defence plays better in this match, though Basel had scored at least twice in five successive games before a goalless draw at Thun. Basel are unbeaten in their last seven home matches scoring 11 goals in their last three but with six conceded. The Swiss team beat PSV in the Champions League qualifiers, before losing to LASK in the third qualifying round. They were transferred to the Europa League and finished top of their group, winning all three home games. The last 16 saw them beat APOEL Nicosia 4-0 on aggregate before that 3-0 away win in Germany. Basel will be encouraged by their four-match winning run in the tournament, with clean sheets in all of those games. Their home form is equally exciting as they are unbeaten in their last nine Europa League games at the venue, with back to back wins in their last six, though they did lose 2-1 at home to LASK in the Champions League this season.
Visitors Frankfurt finished ninth in the German Bundesliga. They had been on a poor run before finishing the season with three wins in their final four fixtures. They will need to win the Europa League to qualify for European football next season but that's looking very unlikely. Frankfurt have since played French Ligue One side Monaco in a friendly match that ended with a 1-1 draw. Overall, Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last six matches, with 1-1 draws in two of their last three games. In the Europa League, Frankfurt progressed as the second best team of Group F having won three and lost three of their matches. A 6-3 aggregate win over Austrian Bundesliga champions Salzburg ushered them to the current round. As was seen in the first leg, Frankfurt defensive abilities have been letting them down. They conceded 60 league goals and away from home have just one clean sheet in their last 19 league and cup games. They have scored in 10 of the last 12 though.
Eintracht Frankfurt have it all to do to get back into this tie. Only one of their last four Europa League away games has been lost and they did win at Premier League Arsenal. They have scored in all but one of their last 15 away games played in this competition but of course need three here to stand any chance of qualification. Basel are in good form and scoring a lot of goals but also conceding them. The best bet here is on a Basel win with both teams scoring.