Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz by Gustav
After a very good run in previous weeks, actually in last two months, players of Eintracht Frankfurt suffered their first defeat last weekend as the side lost the ground in a 3:0 defeat away from home against Augsburg last Sunday afternoon.
It must be said that they actually had a lot more ball possession, but weren't as concrete and fluid with the ball as they used us to be, allowing the hosts to take the lead in 19th minute with a goal from Koo Ja-Cheol.
Once the hosts had the lead, it was all about Eintracht with the possession, as they risked more and more allowing their hosts to be very threatening from counter attacks as Augbsurg sealed the victory thanks to late goals from Gregoristch and Richter in last fifteen minutes of the game.
Eintracht is now at sixth position having just two points less than second and third Leverkusen and Leipzig, but also with two points more than Augsburg and Glabach - making their European battle completely uncertain for now.
Midfielder De Guzman (8/0) is doubtful for this match, while defender Abraham (16/0) and forwards Blum (1/0) and Meier (no performance so far anyway) remain surely out due injuries.
Mainz, on the other side, couldn't do much more last weekend as the side welcomed the strongest teams in the country and stood defeated with a 2:0 result, having close to no chance to make something more positive on the field.
The Bavarians simply knew what they wanted from the first minute being determined not to get into trouble with the scoreline, taking the double lead easily via Ribery and Rodriguez in second part of the first halftime. The repetition of the match was bit more open, with the teams sharing quite equal number of chances, but with the lead of the visiting side never being in danger.
Guests are set to miss midfielder Oztunali (16/0) and forward Onisiwo (2/0), while doubtful are first goalkeeper Adler (9/0), midfielder Gbamin (17/0) and forward Muto (17/6) who is also their first goalscorer.
This match comes as a very important one for both sides, since it's one of the ways to bring some joy to their fans, but also a chance to reach the European exit in a bit easier way.
Players of Eintracht did disappoint me a bit last weekend, but I have no doubts that they are able of answering properly here, while they have also shown so much more in comparison to their tonight's opponent all season long.
Mainz is poor away from home all season long, while the overall impression is that Eintracht scores with ease - especially in home matches and not needing a lot chances to convert dangerous situations into a goal. Easy or difficult, they do stand out as sharper favorites than what the odds suggest, at least in my eyes.