Eintracht Frankfurt vs Dortmund by Gustav
Eintracht Frankfurt comes from a very good performance and a three pointer taken away to Hannover last weekend. The game itself was pretty much defensive minded one, with low number of concrete chances and shared ball possession, but the players of Eintracht were more concrete and had better chances.
Haller brought the visitors into the lead in tenth minute, while Sane leveled up in 36th minute, while the guests were more willing to risk and attack in last phase of the match, scoring the second goal in 89th minute via Rebic and leaving no time for the home side to reply back. Team from Frankfurt is now at seventh position at the table with thirteen points, which is just two less than Champions League placed Hoffenheim and need points here in order to stay competitive for the European spots.
Hosts should be playing in 3-4-2-1 formation with Haller as central striker, plus Gacinovic and Rebic most likely as offensive midfielders. Central defender Simon Falette (7/0) is suspended for this match too, while the hosts continue to miss several other players due injuries: right back Danny da Costa (2/0), defensive midfielder Gelson Fernandes (5/0) plus four more that didn't play a single competitive minute this season. Midfielders Timothy Chandler and Marc Stendera are having some problems this season, while manager Niko Kovac has no reason to make many changes for this one.
Dortmund suffered a bit unexpected defeat last weekend in front of own fans against RB Leipzig with a 2:3 result, even though they made a perfect start into the game taking the lead in fourth minute via Aubameyang, but the guests replied well in next twenty minutes by reverting the scoreline via goal from Sabitzer and Poulsen.
Hosts stood playing with a man less at the start of second when Sokratis got excluded, with visitors taking the double lead via Augustin in 49th minute from the penalty kick, while all the players of Dortmund could do was to reduce the deficit also from the penalty kick, taken by Aubameyang in 64th minute and continued being better till the end, but without any change. They took just a point in a 1:1 draw game against APOEL in Champions League and lowered the chances of reaching the knockout stage obviously being in some kind of downtrend in their form.
Guests are set to continue in 4-3-3 formation with Philipp, Aubameyang and Yarmolenko as forwards. Central back Sokratis (8/1) is suspended for this one, while right back Lukasz Piszczek (7/0) remains injured. Doubtful are left back Marcel Schmelzer, central back Omer Toprak and offensive midfielder Andre Schurrle who comes off from injuries, while they also miss three more that anyway didn't play so far (Durm, Reus and Rode).
- Eintracht Frankfurt have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund is now surely going for all three points wanting to desperately get a victory after two negative results, while the players of Frankfurt look very good in attack when given the space and on counter attacks as well. Guests remain favorites and might win, but I'm not ready to trust them against pretty much in-form home side that got three victories out of last four matches. In my eyes, anything can happen in an overall pretty open game.