The Eagles can soar

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: August 29 2013, 19:31 BST

Ian Ogg previews Thursday's action in the Europa League and fancies Eintracht Frankfurt to book their place in the next round.

Alexander Meier: Can lead Frankfurt to a convincing success
Alexander Meier: Can lead Frankfurt to a convincing success

Swansea and Spurs are playing on a busy night of Europa League action on Thursday and both sides appear to be assured of their progress through to the group stages.

The White Hart Lane club carry a 5-0 lead into their home leg against Dinamo Tbilisi and are 1/4 shots to outscore their opponents again, while the Swans are 7/5 shots to beat Petrolul Ploiesti despite heading to Romania having won the first leg 5-1.

Tottenham's eyes will be on Sunday's encounter with Arsenal, while Swansea have an away trip to West Bromwich Albion to contend with and, until the final XIs are known, it makes it difficult to enthuse about getting involved in either game.

Swansea, for example, took a 4-0 lead into the away leg in the previous round but came home from Malmo with a comfortable goalless draw and would, presumably, happily settle for the same again.

There is always the temptation to pick out several of the long odds-on shots to compile an acca but we'll resist that for the time being and focus on the game between Eintracht Frankfurt and Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag.

The German side enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 victory in the away leg courtesy of a brace from Alexander Meier and they should be able to duplicate that score, at least, in the return game.

Frankfurt haven't enjoyed an easy start to the Bundesliga season with games against Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich and they have another tricky encounter at the weekend when they entertain Dortmund.

That is, of course, a concern but a two-goal cushion isn't sufficient to allow them to take their eye off the ball in this tie and they should be keen to put the game to bed and progress to the group stages.

Frankfurt dominated the first game with 13 attempts at goal to their opponents' four and we can expect more of the same in front of their own fans where they enjoyed considerable success last term.

The Eagles, led by their experienced talisman Meier, enjoyed a fine campaign back in the top flight last season, finishing sixth and have strengthened over the summer with Vaclav Kadlec a welcome addition to the frontline.

They will be keen to build on last weekend's confidence-building defeat of Braunschweig and they appeal at BetVictor's 7/6 giving up two goals on the Asian handicap having scored more goals at home in the Bundesliga than all bar five teams.

  • Preview posted at 1315 BST on 28/08/2013.