Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt March 12 18

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Match Day 26
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Monday, March 12th, 2018
01:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: W D D D L
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Maximilian Philipp (6)

Eintracht Frankfurt:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Sébastien Haller (8)

A huge game at the Westfalenstadion this weekend as fifth placed Eiontracht Frankfurt travel to taken on fourth placed Borussia Dormund. Separated only by goal difference, a win for the visitors will see them move into the fourth Champions League spot at Borussia's expense.

Borussia have struggled to deal with the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window, with results taking a notable dip since the departure of the prolific frontman. The falloff hasn't been dramatic, but a number of games they would have been expected to win do seem to have ended up in draws as a result of the sides decreased killer instinct in front of goal. A defeat at home in the Europa League in midweek also wont have helped in the confidence department.

The situation hasn't been helped by a lengthening injury list which doesn't show much sign of easing. Andriy Yarmolenko, Sebastian Rode, Erik Durm, Shinji Kagawa and Raphael Guerreiro all remain out for this encounter.

Frankfurt are flying at present. Five wins in their past seven games has resulted in a surge up the table and unlike their hosts they arrive with just about a fully fit squad to choose from.

These two sides drew 2-2 in Frankfurt earlier in the season, but Eintracht are in much better form now and are fancied to cause an upset against this injury ravaged and slumping Borussia side..

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1 - 2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Harry85


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots: 13 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 -8
Possession: 46% - 54%

The bookings count very nearly matched the final score line here, with three yellows for each side. Mahmoud Dahoud, Manuel Akanji and Roman Buerki being cautioned for Dortmund and Marco Russ, Ante Rebic and Carlos Salcedo seeing yellow for the visitors.

A thoroughly absorbing contest at the Westfalenstadion, and a truly remarkable conclusion.

The fireworks began here in the twelfth minute. A slick Borussia move opening up Frankfurt culminating in Marco Russ diverting a Christian Pulisic effort into his own net at the far post, although Marco Reus would likely have tapped in without the defenders' intervention. 1-0.

Borussia held their lead into the break, but Eintracht came storming back in the second period, with their pressure eventually paying dividends in the 75th minute. Jonathan De Guzman's free kick from the right finding the head of Luka Jovic to power home.

Just two minutes later Borussia were back in front. And what a goal it was. More slick interplay between the Dortmund midfield and forward line carved open the defence leaving Michy Batshuayi with the task of slotting past Lukas Hradecky into the bottom corner.

Then in the 94th minute Eintracht broke down the right had side. Daniel da Costa's low cross evading everyone bar Daniel Blum at the far post. Blum's finish surely rescuing a point for the visitors……

Dortmund however had other ideas, powering forward en-masse, and when the ball broke to Batshuayi in the box, the Belgian unleashed a missile of a volley into the top corner to spark pandemonium.

A massive effort from Dortmund this to stave off the surging Frankfurters. The three points gained sees Borussia rise back above Leverkusen into third place and three points clear of today's fifth placed rivals.

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