Eintracht Frankfurt vs Stuttgart by Gustav
Eintracht Frankfurt had a goalless draw at home against Werder Bremen in last game. The game was constant monologue from the hosts, as the team showed great superiority, ball possession (75%) during the whole game. The opponent was left with a man less since 34th, but it wasn't enough for the home team to snatch all three points.
Last Thursday, they drew 3:3 to Porto in the phase of last 32 teams of Europa League, even though the side preceded 2:0 and looked to be in control of the game, managed to lead 3:2 last on, overcoming the shock equalizer, but were very nervous and anxious, not calming down the game and have conceded the third goal in 86th minute. Disappointment was great in their team, as they now begin their fight to stay in the league without other commitments. They will be without defensive midfielder Schwegler (12/0) who is suspended, while central midfielder Rode (17/0) misses the second consecutive game. Substitute central defender Anderson (15/0) and midfielder Kittel are already out for some time.
Stuttgart, on the other side, is coming from a 1:2 defeat at home against Hertha Berlin in last weekend. The game itself had high pace in the first halftime, as the team managed to equalize the result from a long shot at 45th minute, going to the locker room without being superior to their rivals.
Second half was more passive, as both sides looked to watch much more on their defense, than offense, but the visitors were more effective with a scored goal three minutes before the full time whistle. The team continued poor form, despite a bit better look, as they now count seventh consecutive defeat in the league. They remain at 16th position, one above the play-out place and will surely have very hard time staying well above the relegation zone. Forward Ibisevic (20/10) remains suspended, while the team also can't count at defensive midfielder Khedira (7/0), missing out also substitute goalkeeper Kirschbaum (3/0).
Extra fatigue from Eintracht Frankfurt due to their Europa League game prevents me from taking the home win here, as over goals seems a bit more sure. Stuttgart showed some improvement and could easily make damage here, making the game probably as offensive as possible as they simply have no time to wait.