Union St Gilloise vs Eintracht FrankfurtUEFA Europa League Conference, KO: 17:45 Feb 15, 2024, Lotto Park
A place in the round of 16 is the prize as Union St Gilloise host Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa Conference League playoff first leg. The Belgians often impress at home and will be confident fending off Frankfurt, who have been particularly poor on their travels.
A third place finish in Group E of the Europa League means Union St Gilloise will now battle in the third tier of European competition. Alexander Blessin’s men do have a few things to build on, particularly the 2-1 victory over Premier League giants Liverpool in their final group fixture.
Union St Gilloise head into Thursday’s clash in great form having lost just once in their last 18 matches across all competitions. They have picked up 13 wins in that run but were held to a 2-2 draw by Westerlo in a domestic fixture last weekend.
Lotto Park had been a fortress for Union St Gilloise this season as they are unbeaten in their last 13 home matches across all competitions, claiming five 12 wins in that run. Some of their biggest wins have come in front of their fans like the 4-0 victory over St Gallen.
Eintracht Frankfurt were far from their best during the group stage of the Europa Conference League and now have to fight to remain in the competition. They lost three times in six matches, including two away defeats in that run.
That erratic form did not end with the group stage as Eintracht Frankfurt have struggled to find some consistency in recent weeks. They have picked up just three wins in their last nine matches across all competitions and were held 1-1 by Bochum in a Bundesliga fixture last weekend.
Things have been much worse for Eintracht Frankfurt on their travels, with just one win in their last eight away matches across all competitions. Dino Topmoller’s men have been beaten five times in that run.
How the bookies view it
Union St Gilloise have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced at 5/4 by Betfred to claim the win. A victory for Eintracht Frankfurt is valued at 23/10 by bet365, who is also offering odds of 5/2 for a draw.
Head to head
This will be the first ever meeting between Union St Gilloise and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Players to watch
Mohammed Amoura scored in two of Union St Gilloise’s three home matches and could be worth keeping an eye on. The forward also has three goals in the last five matches and is priced at 9/5 by Unibet to maintain his scoring run.
Eintracht Frankfurt will be pleased to have Omar Marmoush back after representing Egypt at the AFCON the forward has four goals in the last five Conference League matches and is priced at 10/3 by bet365 to find the net on Thursday.
Anything else catch the eye?
Union St Gilloise’s last two hoke matches has produced over 3.5 goals which is priced at 5/2 with Betfred. Over 2.5 goals is valued at evens by William Hill, who is also offering 4/5 on both teams to score.
The Belgians have scored in both halves in their last four home matches and could be set for a similar pattern on Thursday at 12/5 by Unibet.
This UEFA Europa League Conference match between Union St Gilloise and Eintracht Frankfurt will be played on Feb 15, 2024 and kick off at 17:45. Check below for our tipsters best Union St Gilloise vs Eintracht Frankfurt prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.