Both Eintracht and Royal Antwerp are looking for their first win in this season’s UEFA Europa League group stage. The Eagles started with a 1-1 draw at home to Fenerbahce, while Antwerp lost 2-1 at Olympiacos.
Antwerp in good form
The Belgians warmed up for the clash against Frankfurt with a 2-1 win against Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on Sunday, keeping them in fourth place in the Jupiler Pro League table. It means that coach Brian Priske’s side have won four of their last five games in all competitions, including each of the last three.
Eintracht boss Oliver Glasner will be back on the touchline in the Belgian port city following his ban against Fenerbahce. However, he is sweating over the fitness of defensive duo Erik Durm and Evan Ndicka, who were both injured in Saturday’s match against Köln.
Records that need improvement on both sides
Antwerp haven’t had much joy against German teams in the past, winning just two of their eight previous meetings with sides from the neighbouring country in all European competitions (D2 L4).
Likewise, Eintracht have struggled against Belgian clubs in recent years. In their last six encounters with representatives from the Western European country, the Eagles have recorded a solitary victory – against Standard Liège in the 2019/20 Europa League group stage.
Kick-off: Thursday 30 September 2021 18:45 CEST, Matchday 2.
Stadium: Bosuil - Deurne, Antwerp.