Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hamburger by Gustav
After a very good start in the second part of the season and a victory over Wolfsburg 3:2 at home, Eintracht Frankfurt didn't manage to get much more positive performances for now, getting only one point in next three Bundesliga games. Most recently, they come from a 3:1 defeat on the road against Koln last weekend. They were actually the first one to take the lead, in 24th minute via Meier, but didn't manage to keep up with the pressure from the home side that equalized five minutes later with a goal from Gerhardt.
Visiting side had ball control in the repetition, but didn't convert anything from it, while the hosts netted two more goals, in 57th via Heintz and in 72nd minute thanks to a goal from Modeste.Prior to that, they were defeated at home against in-form Stuttgart 4:2 and took a point in a goalless draw away to Augsburg. After three matches without a victory, they currently sit at fifteenth position with just a point more than play-out placed Werder Bremen. Home side will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Meier as striker. Left full back Bastian Oczipka (21/0) is suspended, while injured remain defensive midfielder Stefan Reinartz (13/1), forward Luc Castaignos (11/4), midfielder Johannes Flum (5/1) and stopper Anderson who anyway didn't play this season.
Hamburget finally got a victory last weekend, after six negative results in Bundesliga, as the team won over Gladbach 3:2 at home and made the biggest surprise of previous round. It was highly effective game, where the players of Gladbach had more of the ball possession, but the home side looked much more concrete with the ball to their feet and did deserve all three points here.
However, visitors took the lead in 15th minute with a goal from Johnson, but the response from home side came near the end of the first halftime thanks to an own goal and a goal from Rudnevs. They doubled up the lead ten minutes before the full time whistle via Ilicevic, while the visitors only managed to reduce the deficit in 88th via Raffael. After this victory, the team detached themselves further from the relegation zone, being curerntly at eleventh place with six points more than red zone placed sides. With four victories out of ten matches on the road, there's no doubt that the visitors will try to get a victory here, probably with a bit more offensive approach than expected. Visitors will be fielded up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Rudnevs as alone striker. Midfielder Michael Gregoritsch (18/3) is their only injury absentee.
Both teams have a lot of to prove in this game. Eintracht needs to respond now and try to get rid of relegation battle, while HSV comes with improved morale and might get a victory here easier than expected. I'll stick with goals, since both teams do work much better in offense than what their defensive lineups perform.