Early qualification the aim
The trip to Royal Standard de Liège is not just about picking up valuable points in Group F of the UEFA Europa League – it could see the Eagles book their ticket in advance for the knockout phase.
The Eagles make the difficult journey to take on Royal Standard de Liège on Thursday, a side who are a force to be reckoned with on home turf. Although Eintracht will be deprived of travelling support when they cross the border, they know that a win will see them through to the next round. Hütter’s men have already proven they can beat the Belgians, having squeezed past them 2-1 in the reverse fixture.
No goals to date in Belgium
Eintracht have not enjoyed much success on their previous European visits to Belgium. They have only played two competitive games there, but neither trip will live long in the memories. Around 30 years ago, ties against KAA Gent (0-0) and KV Mechelen (0-1) saw Frankfurt come home having failed to find the net. An interesting footnote to the game at Mechelen is that one Michel Preud'homme was in goal for the hosts, proving to be the match-winner as he kept clean sheets in both legs. Today, the Belgian is the coach of none other than Standard Liège.
Someone who at least knows the country well is Eintracht’s Daichi Kamada, who spent last season on loan at VV St. Truiden in the First Division A. He scored an impressive 16 goals in 36 league and cup matches as well as setting up nine more. The Japan international will now be hoping to notch his first goal in European competition at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Thursday evening.
Kick-off: Thursday 7 November, 18:55 CET, UEFA Europa League group stage, matchday 4.
Stadium: Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège, Belgium.