Eintracht Frankfurt have waited a long time for three points and they will be hoping this week they will be able to do so as they host Augsburg who will be hoping to exit the relegation play-off position. Augsburg did enough to secure all three points last time out to European hopefuls Köln whilst Eintracht Frankfurt couldn’t hold on as they were defeated by a rampart Borussia Dortmund. Hosts Eintracht can return to the top half of the table with a win on matchday 30 whilst favourable results and a win will see Augsburg move to as high as 13th in the standings.
LAST TIME OUT
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Its been 9 games without a win for Eintracht Frankfurt as they look to break their winless streak as they faced off against Borussia Dortmund. However, Niko Kovač would’ve been disappointed to see his side concede after two minutes when Christian Pulisic outhustled Lukas Hrádecky to the ball before playing a clever pass to Marco Reus who skilfully placed the ball into the back of the net. Frankfurt under Kovač have shown resilience and they weren’t going to give up as they equalised thanks to a wonder goal in front of the Süd Tribune by Marco Fabian. It was a moment of Mexican magic which gave Roman Bürki no chance.
However, the lead lasted five minutes as defender Sokratis produced his moment of brilliance to beat Lukas Hrádecky into the top corner. Marco Fabian almost equalised with 21 minutes remaining but he couldn’t replicate his first half effort. Dortmund would seal the game moments before the end when Ousmane Dembélé teed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to give the hosts 3-1 win. The defeat makes it 10 games with a win for Frankfurt as they slowly creep into relegation play-off contention
Augsburg 2-1 Köln
Augsburg returned home under increasing pressure as they were only a point above the relegation zone as they welcomed Köln to the WWK Arena. History showed Augsburg had a great home record against Köln and it was evident early when Martin Hinteregger headed home beautifully from the corner of Jonathon Schmid. Augsburg would then go two ahead after Kevin Danso was fouled in the area by defender Fredick Sørenson. Paul Verhaegh has only missed two penalties his career and he would fail here as he sent Timo Horn the wrong way.
Köln came out fighting in the second half and on 63 minutes they pulled a goal back when Fredrick Sørenson’s shot was deflected in by Philipp Max. Things would get worse for Augsburg when Ja-Cheol Koo was given a second yellow for a high boot which saw the South Korean stretchered off the ground. A minute later Alfreð Finnbogason was given a straight red for an off the ball tackle on Lukas Klünter, even Manuel Baum was sent to the stands but it didn’t matter as Augsburg secured all three points.
Eintracht Frankfurt Lineup
Niko Kovač has waited a long time for his side to secure a victory as they have gone 10 games without a victory and now Eintracht Frankfurt face the possibility of relegation. Eintracht could be without Branimir Hrgota who picked up a knock against Borussia Dortmund, if the Swede is passed fit he will lead the line. Haris Seferović is available if the Swede isn’t available and could provide the added punch the Frankfurt attack has lacked. Marius Wolf who is on loan from Hannover got the start but I expect him to drop to the bench in favour of Ante Rebić. Two potential change from the side that was defeated at Borussia Dortmund last time out.
Augsburg will be hoping to make it two wins in a row as they look to climb out of the relegation playoff. Manuel Baum will have a difficult time at the selection table with injury and suspension with up to four players who featured last time out against Köln to miss with Ja-Cheol Koo being injured and sent off, Alfreð Finnbogason was given a straight red, Dominik Kohr picking up his 5th yellow of the season and Daniel Baier left the field through injury. This means a major reshuffle for Augsburg, Halil Altintop played at attacking midfield last time out but I expect him to play a deeper role along side Moritz Leitner who didn’t feature against Köln. Dong-Won Ji will start in attacking midfield with Raúl Bobadilla set to return with Finnbogason out. A minimal of four changes for Augsburg in another must win for Manuel Baum’s chargers.
An underrated midfield in the Bundesliga ranks has been Eintracht Frankfurt’s Omar Mascarell. The Spanish midfielder who joined from Real Madrid at the beginning of the season had a reasonably slow start to the season but with the injury to midfield linchpin Makoto Hasebe, Mascarell was thrown into the deep to partner Mijat Gačinović who had seen most of his time as a winger.
Mascarell has been excellent even in Frankfurt’s current winless run as the no player for Die Adler has made more pass attempts and completed more passes than the Spaniard. Niko Kovač will be hoping his reliable midfielder can produce another strong shift as they look to break a nine-game winless run.
Augsburg’s lack of goals
Augsburg have been underwhelming in front of goal which has seen the club from Bavaria in the predicament they are in. What is more alarming is from the 28 goals scored this season from Augsburg, 11 of them have been scored by defenders which is a positive as to have the half finding the back of the net.
The big problem is out of the three strikers who have started for Augsburg this season in Dong-Won Ji, Raúl Bobadilla and Alfreð Finnbogason, they have only combined for only seven. The lack of forward production has been a big reason why Augsburg are in the relegation play-off spot and if their forwards can’t get firing then they will struggle immensely against Eintracht Frankfurt.
PREDICTION: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Augsburg
Both teams need all three points for different reasons with Augsburg looking to move out of the relegation play-off spot whilst Eintracht Frankfurt look to end the skid. With tensions rising for both sides I sense the home field advantage will help Niko Kovač’s men as Eintracht Frankfurt will break their run of form that has seen them winless for over two months.
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