Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt
FRK VS DOR MATCH PREVIEW:
Borussia Dortmund will play host to the surprise package of the season, Eintracht Frankfurt in this mouthwatering clash at Westfalenstadion with only goal difference separating Dortmund and Frankfurt who are fourth and fifth respectively in the table.
Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 10 Bundesliga games but are drawing too many games (Win-5, Draw-5). Also, after losing against RB Leipzig in the 1st leg of Europa League, doubts are starting to surface over Peter Stoger's ability to manage a club of such size. According to some rumors, Dortmund have even identified current Huddersfield manager David Wagner as a perfect candidate to replace Stoger at the Signal Iduna Park.
Frankfurt, on the other hand, are flying in the seventh heaven in Bundesliga this season. Last week's 1-0 win over Hannover was their win in the last seven Bundesliga games. The Eagles have already accumulated 42 points in the 25 games, making this tally their best ever return since 1995.
But under Stoger, Dortmund have become a good defensive team and only Bayern Munich have kept more clean sheets in Bundesliga since Stoger took charge of this team.
The home team is also beaming in confidence since Marco Reus made his long-awaited return from the Injury. The two-times Bundesliga player of the year has scored four times in his last seven games, so Frankfurt need to be at their best if they are to keep him quiet.
When: March 11th, 10:30 PM IST
Where: Westfalenstadion, Manchester
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Borussia Dortmund – W W D D D L
Eintracht Frankfurt – L W W W L W
FRK vs DOR TEAM NEWS:
Borussia Dortmund have no big-name injury concern heading into this match. though, Yarmolenko remains doubtful in terms of the attack. Erik Durm and full back Lukasz Piszczek are also doubts at the back.
Manuel Akanji didn't play in the Europa League as he was cup-tied, and could return to the starting XI, at the expense of either Ömer Toprak or Sokratis. Gonzalo Castro and Mahmoud Dahoud will be fighting for a place in central midfield. Maximilian Philipp has been declared fit to feature and could be drafted back into the left flank.
Burki (GK); Piszczek, Sokratis, Akanji, Schmelzer, Weigl, Dahoud, Reus, Gotze, Philipp, Batshuayi
Frankfurt have a good news after club legend Alexander Meier fully recovered from injury that kept him out of the football so far this season.
Boss Niko Kovac is unlikely to field recently returned veteran Alexander Meier. But midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng should be named in the starting XI after being benched last weekend. But the Ghana international will be competing against Gelson Fernandes and Jonathan de Guzman for a place in the squad. While Omar Mascarell will sit out the match as he recovers from a foot injury.
Hradecky (GK); Falette, Hasebe, Abraham, Chandler, Boateng, Fernandes, Wolf, Rebic, Gacinovic, Haller
Borussia Dortmund- 8 times German Champions
Eintracht Frankfurt – 1 Title, 1959 German champion
Head 2 Head- 92 meetings in official matches
Borussia Dortmund- 45 wins
Eintracht Frankfurt – 30 wins
Borussia Dortmund – Reus, Gotze, Batshuayi
Eintracht Frankfurt – Rebic, Gacinovic, Haller
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
It's a big, big match as a place in the next season's Champions League is at stake and the win for either team will give the winner a clear advantage in that pursuit. But Borussia Dortmund are playing at home and should see out the match with all three points in their kitty. We are predicting a 2-1 win for the home side.
NOTE: THIS FRK VS DOR MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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