Authors of a very disappointing European campaign, the people of Antwerp have only a tiny chance to spend the European winter.
Very ambitious this summer, the people of Antwerp were probably hoping to achieve a completely different European campaign. Poured into a tough squad on paper, Antwerp had little success in competing with Frankfurt, Fenerbahce and Olympiakos and were often a bird to the cat with, as the only interesting result, a split in Turkey. Too insufficient to even believe in qualifying for the Conference League.
There are two group matches left, and Antwerp must now hope for a miracle to qualify: a 6/6 against Frankfurt and Olympiakos, hoping that the Germans win against the Greeks in the last meeting.
The men of Brian Priske are therefore obliged to win tonight, which will be far from obvious against a team from Frankfurt which will mathematically want to secure its first place and its qualification for the round of 16. In the league, Eintracht is struggling, with only fifteen points gleaned from the first twelve Bundesliga matches. A victory tonight would however allow Filip Kostic and his teammates to win a third consecutive meeting in all competitions, a first since last April (three Bundesliga victories against Union Berlin, Dortmund and Wolfsburg).
Lost in additional time on the first leg (Patience, 90 + 1 ‘), the people of Antwerp will have to count on a large Michael Frey who has not yet opened his counter in the European Cup this season despite his 14 league goals, which pleases him tied forUndav at the top of the Jupiler Pro League scorers rankings.
It is therefore a meeting which promises to be very difficult where Antwerp is far from being the favorites, but where victory is essential to keep a tiny chance of spending the winter warm.