Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig 20 Feb

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Feb 18, 2018, 01:26 AM Last Edit: Feb 18, 2018, 01:28 AM by aaguerra90
Match Day 23
Eintracht Frankfurt vs RassenBallsport Leipzig
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
03:30 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena

Eintracht Frankfurt:
Last five matches: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Sebastien Haller ( 8 )
Bayer Leverkusen: 
Last five matches: W W W D L
Average goals per match: 1.6
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (10)

The Bundesliga hasn't had a Monday night game since May 2016, but it picked a fantastic matchup for this one. Eintrach Frankfurt and RB Leipzig faceoff in a top four match up with huge Champions League implications.

Frankfurt proved last week that their loss to Augsburg was a fluke, breezing past Cologne 4-2. They are currently in fourth place in what has proven to be a tight race for the Champions League spots. Niko Kovac will gladly welcome back Sebastien Haller, Frankfurt's leading goal scorer, to the lineup. The Frenchman has recovered from an injury and will be available to play in this match.

Leipzig are flying high after defeating Napoli 3-1 in the Europa League in midweek. Given the importance of this match, coach Ralph Hassenhuttl will play his full strength squad, regardless of how demanding the Napoli game was for his players. Leipzig received good news, as Emil Forsberg could make a much awaited return to the starting eleven for this match.

Eintracht Frankfurt are rested and had more time to prepare for this match than Leipzig, who had their game on Thursday against Napoli to worry about. Also in Frankfurt's favor is how strong they have been at home this season. The last time these two sides met at the Commerzbank-Arena, they shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw. This time, it will be Frankfurt keeping all three points at home.

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 RB Leipzig


Feb 20, 2018, 04:45 AM Last Edit: Feb 20, 2018, 06:57 AM by aaguerra90
Half Time: 2:1
Full Time: 2:1
Shots: 11:4
Shots on target: 4:2
Corner Kicks: 7:5
Possession: 52:48

Eintracht Frankfurt moved up to third place in the Bundesliga table after a comeback 2-1 victory versus RB Leipzig.

The match began in curious circumstances. Fans were not happy with the match being held on a Monday evening and protested the scheduling. Before kickoff, some fans made their way down to the track that surrounds the field and stood with a black banner that covered the advertisements. It was a passive protest as fans left the field by the third minute of play and no incidents were recorded. Throughout the match there were constant whistles and jeering; a clear indication that fans were not happy to be at the stadium today. At the beginning of the second half fans even threw tennis balls onto the field to demonstrate their discontent.

The opening goal came after some beautiful link up play by Leipzig. They began with the ball in their own half and worked it up to Frankfurt's area with clever one and two touch passing. Right back Konrad Laimer played the ball in the box to Diego Demme. Demme took a touch and passed to Jean Kevin Augustin, who slotted the ball at the back post with a right footed shot.

Eintracht was not deterred by this goal and searched for the equalizer, which came in the 21st minute. A Frankfurt corner was not dealt with properly by the Leipzig defense. The ball was headed around in the box and then flicked to the back post by David Abraham to Timothy Chandler. The midfielder made no mistake and stabbed the ball into the net.

Frankfurt turned the game on its head four minutes later. Simon Fallet headed a Leipzig clearance at midfield to a free Ante Rebic on the left flank. The Croatian international raced toward the end line and picked out Kevin Prince Boateng rushing into the box. Boateng met the ball at the penalty spot with a first time left footed shot that flew through goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi's legs.

There would be some controversy in the 30th minute. Rebic seemed to bring down Marcel Sabitzer in the box, and the referee signaled for a penalty kick. However, upon further review with his video assistant, the referee determined that there was no foul.
Rebic missed a clear opportunity to make it 3-1 when he was sent through on goal by Marius Wolf. One on one with Gulasci, he struck the ball straight at the goalkeeper.

Frankfurt could have extended their lead through Danny Da Costa and Sebastien Haller but the German blasted the ball over the crossbar and the Frenchman headed wide.

It is going to be an interesting fight for Champions League qualification, as only three points separate second place from sixth place.

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