Standard Liege-Frankfurt | Facts: Standard Liege – Eintracht Frankfurt | UEFA Europa League


After losing 2-1 on Matchday 3 in Frankfurt, Standard Liege now wants to turn the tables in the second leg at home and equalize in Group F with a win against the semifinalist of 2018/19, who has six points.

• Eintracht, who defeated Vitoria SC 1-0 on Matchday 2, aim for their third straight win after their UEFA Europa League winning streak at home to Arsenal on Matchday 1 with a 3-0 defeat had come to an abrupt end. Standard meanwhile started with a 2-0 home victory against the team from Guimaraes, before a 0-4 defeat followed in London. For the club from Liege is now about to avoid the third defeat in a row.

Highlights: Vitoria SC - Eintracht Frankfurt 0: 1

Highlights: Vitoria SC – Eintracht Frankfurt 0: 1

Earlier encounters
• This is Standards 31. Match at UEFA level against an opponent from Germany (7 wins, 8 draws, 15 defeats). They have lost more than their previous home games (4 wins, 4 draws, 5 defeats) and their only win of the last five was a 2-0 win against Hannover in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League group stage. Later, the Belgians then failed in the second round at the Lower Saxony, after a 2: 2 at home and a 0: 4 in Germany.

• Eintracht remained without a goal in their first four games against Belgian opponents, both duels lost 1-0 overall – in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final against defending champion Mechelen (0-0 at home, 0-1 away) and In the second round of the UEFA Cup against Gent in 1991/92 (0-0 away, 1-0 at home) – on matchday three defenders David Abraham and Martin Hinteregger ended the Torlos series against Standard.


• Standard secured their direct qualification for the group stage of the current season in 2018/19 by finishing third in the Belgian league.

• The club from Liege have been in the UEFA Europa League group stage five times before, but have been able to survive it for the first time – in 2011/12, the first time they reached the last sixteen. Standard reached the quarter-finals at the first edition of this competition in the 2009/10 season after coming from the UEFA Champions League in the UEFA Europa League mid-season. The Belgians missed the knockout stages last season, despite scoring ten points in a group with Sevilla, Krasnodar and Akhisar.

Highlights: Eintracht Frankfurt - Arsenal 0: 3

Highlights: Eintracht Frankfurt – Arsenal 0: 3

• Standard have won only seven of their 16 home games in the UEFA Europa League group stage (5 draws, 4 losses), but last season all three of their matches in Liege were successfully organized. At European level, Standard has been unbeaten in ten home games (6 wins, 4 draws) since losing 3-0 to Feyenoord in December 2014.

• Frankfurt's UEFA Europa League adventure in 2018/19 lasted 14 games and brought memorable achievements in the knockout stage against teams that had played in the UEFA Champions League group stage – Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale and Benfica. In the semifinals Frankfurt lost on penalties against the eventual champions Chelsea, in the Bundesliga, the Hesse finished seventh.

• The 1980 UEFA Cup winners started their UEFA Europa League campaign in the second qualifying round. First, there were clear victories against Flora from Estonia and Liechtenstein representative Vaduz, before they had to catch up in the play-offs against Strasbourg a residue (0: 1 away, 3: 0 at home). This puts Frankfurt in the group stage for the third time. In their first participation in the season 2013/14, the Hesse reached the round of 32, where they failed due to the away goals rule at Porto (2: 2 away, 3: 3 at home).

Highlights: Arsenal - Standard Liege 4: 0

Highlights: Arsenal – Standard Liege 4: 0

• Frankfurt's overall record in the UEFA Europa League (at home and away, including qualifying) is impressive: 23 wins, 6 draws, 4 defeats. Your away record in this competition is also outstanding: 10 wins, 3 draws, 3 defeats. The last four away games in the group stage could win the Eintracht all.

• Standard coach Michel Preud'homme was in goal at Mechelen when the Belgians scored for Eintracht in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals. He was without conceding twice.

The coaches
• Former Goalkeeper Preud'homme, who has played 58 caps for Belgium, began his active career at Standard, where he won two league titles. He then went to Mechelen, where he won the 1987/88 Cup Winners' Cup. As a coach, he is also very successful, so far he still got with every club he worked with a title, most recently he was in 2015/16 Belgian champion with Club Brugge. He is currently at Standard in his third term, having spent ten years before returning in May 2018.

• The Austrian Adi Hutter succeeded Eintracht in May 2018, replacing Niko Kovač, who moved to Bayern. Previously, he led the Young Boys in Bern to the first Swiss Championship in 32 years. In Eintracht Hutter struck immediately, he made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League and the recent qualification for Europe over the Bundesliga. In his playing days, he spent seven years in the jersey of Salzburg as a midfielder, later returning to the club after engagements with Altach and GrOdig and winning the national double with the club in 2014/15. The following three years he worked in Bern.

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