Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hertha by Gustav
Eintracht Frankfurt got defeated 2:0 away to Schalke on Tuesday evening in the previous Bundesliga round. They actually looked quite well in the first halftime, having some chances in offense, however without any efficiency. They didn't threaten much in the second halftime and paid the price of Schalke's set piece in 76th minute when Matip brought the hosts into the lead. Visiting side failed to respond later on and conceded one more in the additional time via Sane.
The team now failed to score for the second consecutive game, although they created opportunities in both of these (previous one being at home against Hamburger). With two victories, two draws and two defeats, they continue just below the middle of the table and with eight points they are four points above the relegation zone. Surely that the team now looks to score some goals in this game, but to obtain all three points as well. Home side won't be able to count at offensive midfielder/winger Haris Seferovic (6/2), while they also miss right full back Timothy Chandler (2/1) for the fourth game, while central defender Anderson and midfielder Sonny Kittel are long term absentees that didn't perform till now. Central defender Carlos Zambrano should be ready and lined up in the starting eleven.
Hertha Berlin on the other side, comes from a 2:0 victory against Koln in the midweek round. The game itself was without many goal scoring chances, as the side from Berlin looked actually closer to conceding a goal in the first halftime, only threatening via counter attacks, but at the same time they managed to score the leading goal somehow in 43rd minute via Ibisevic to take maybe a bit undeserved lead.
However, it was easier for them to attack in the second half, where they defended well and looked more relaxed, creating more opportunities and sealing the victory with the second goal scored in fourth minute of additional time again via Ibisevic. After six rounds player, Hertha now has ten points earned and are already on the safe distance from the relegation zone, but the team will need to continue in the same way in order to reach their target - safe ending of the season and detachment from the relegating battle. However, seven of ten points came in front of own fans, as the team continues to be significantly weaker in away matches, just as in many previous seasons. Visitors have several injury problems for this one, as they can't count at main goalkeeper Thomas Kraft (5/0) who losses his second match, but also central defender Sebastian Langkamp (5/0). Right midfielder Roy Beerens (2/0) is also injured, as well as other central defender John Brooks (3/0) and right full back Peter Pekarik (3/0). Alikes of Ronny, Schieber and Ben-Hatira are long term injured and didn't perform this season anyway.
Eintracht Frankfurt has every chance to get all three points in this game. We already saw how effective the team can be, while Hertha will surely try to stay behind the ball and will as defensive as possible. I don't see players from Berlin getting lucky again, especially since they play away from home and miss quite a few important defensive players this time.