Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke 16 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 16, 2017, 08:19 PM

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke

Frankfurt are the Bundesliga best performers on the road, but simply can't deliver the goods at their home turf. There, at the Commerzbank-Arena, they have picked up just seven points from seven home games this season.
They have a fine home record against Schalke, unbeaten in six. Overall, they have 24 home wins over Schalke, more than against any other club.

Last season, both meetings ended 1-0 to Eintracht. Alex Meier, who won't make this match due to injury, scored both winning goals.

Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac is likely to ring the changes, despite a hard-fought 2-1 win in Hamburg in midweek.

Jetro Willems should return at left wing-back in place of Taleb Tawatha, while Kevin-Prince Boateng is also expected to get the nod in central midfield.

David Abraham has overcome severe bruising to be fit for the visit of the Royal Blues, while further forward, Luka Jovic is in line for his second start of the season.

Following a 3-2 win against Augsburg on Matchday 16, Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco is not expected to tinker to excess for the trip south.

After his fine goal in that victory, Franco Di Santo looks to have edged ahead of Yevhen Konoplyanka in the race to start up top in support of Guido Burgstaller.

With midfield generals Leon Goretzka and Nabil Bentaleb still out, Weston McKennie will continue alongside Max Meyer in midfield.

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Schalke


Match Stats:

  • Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Schalke
  • Shots: 5-11
  • Possession: 41%-59%
  • Corner kicks: 4-6

Frankfurt have a habit of finishing the calendar year on a high note, and they took the lead at the Commerzbank Arena with barely 60 seconds on the clock. Ante Rebic did well to find Mijat Gacinovic inside the area, and the Serbia midfielder snuck a wicked pass between the legs of international teammate Matija Nastasic for Luka Jovic - another compatriot - who poked past Ralf Fährmann from close range.

The visitors responded well and quickly took control of proceedings, with returning duo Yevhen Konoplyanka and Alessandro Schöpf providing menace down the wings. Frankfurt had a couple of half-chances from corners, with Gacinovic and stand-in captain Kevin-Prince Boateng going close, but a dominant Schalke really ought to have equalised before the interval. Schöpf had their best opportunity, forcing a magnificent save from Lukas Hradecky on the stroke of half-time.

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