Mainz vs Eintracht Frankfurt by Gustav
Mainz are now coming from three matches in a run without a victory, but truth to be told they had quite heavy schedule, since the team took a point on the road against way more superior Bayern Munich, then lost at home against Gladbach and finally, in the most recent game, they took a point in a goalless draw away from home against Hamburger SV.
It was a difficult battle for both of the sides since HSV is also included inside the relegation zone, but must be said that the players of Mainz did much more on the field and actually deserved this time more than a point. Only goals were missing in overall very good display of their players, since they looked way better - especially inside the first halftime. Mainz is now tied up with points with play-out placed Hamburger SV and only a victory here is their target, scince the side visits Europa League battlers Koln in the last rounds and a three pointer here is simply a must.
Mainz should be set playing in 4-2-3-1 formation, with Cordoba as number nine central striker and trio of Blasis, Bojan and Oztunali as offensive midfielders. Forward Emil Berggreen remains long term absentee without performing this season, while left back Gaetan Bussmann (14/0) also remains injured and out.
Eintracht Frankfurt, on the other side, comes from another disappointing performance in Bundesliga, as the team welcomed Wolfsburg and stood defeated with a 0:2 result, without showing many impressive things. Overall, it was a close battle between the two sides, but also needs to be said quite defensive minded, since neither of the teams created plenty of chances.
However, visiting side was much more concrete with their chances, to be precise during the second halftime when they increased the tempo a bit and reached a three pointer thanks to goals from Didavi in 48th and Gomez in 63rd, without home team making a proper reply. It was second consecutive defeat as they previously lost narrowly to Hoffenheim, as the side currently stands at eleventh position, obviously caring much more about their DFB Pokal finals later on.
Visitors from Frankfurt are set to play in 3-4-2-1 formation, using Hrgota as their central striker, plus Fabian and Rebic as offensive midfielders most likely. David Abraham returns from a one match ban and will start as a center back, while the team continues to have more than few players sidelined with injuries. Midfielder Marc Stendera is major doubt with a knee injury, while out are: defensive midfielders Slobodan Medojevic (no performance this season) and Omar Mascarell (28/0), central backs Makoto Hasebe (22/1) and Jesus Vallejo (24/0), Andersson Ordonez (4/0), offensive midfielder Marius Wolf (3/0) and forward Alexander Meier (20/5).
- Eintracht Frankfurt have lost their last 6 away matches (Bundesliga).
Eintracht Frankfurt is obviously focused on their DFB Pokal finale against Dortmund as the team seems out of motive for Bundesliga now, having won just one out of last thirteen league matches. Mainz sits above the relegation zone and need a victory here in order to remain away from the red zone. The game should be intense, but easy or hard I see players of Mainz prevailing here.