Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim 9 April 2018

Started by Harry85, Apr 07, 2018, 03:35 AM

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Match Day 29
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim
Monday, April 9th, 2018
01:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena

Eintracht Frankfurt: 
Last five matches form: L W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.39
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: S├ębastien Haller ( 8 )

Hoffenheim:
Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.86
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Mark Uth (12)

One of the biggest games in this weeks round of fixtures in the Bundesliga comes at the Commerzbank-Arena as sixth placed Eintracht Frankfurt play host to seventh placed Hoffenheim. With three points separating the sides and Hoffenheim possessing the better goal difference, a win for the visitors will see them move into the final European qualifying spot at the expense of their hosts.

Frankfurt may have significant problems at the back here. Carlos Salcedo definitely misses out and Marco Russ is facing a race against time to be fit. At the other end six goal striker Ante Rebic is also on the side-lines.

It is in the middle of the park where Hoffenheim face their biggest headache. Of their first choice central midfield pairing, Dennis Geiger is an absentee and Kerem Demirbay is struggling.

Eintracht struggle for consistency, particularly on the road, but have been a solid proposition on home soil of late, winning each of their five most recent matches in Frankfurt and not losing at home since December.

Only two sides have scored more times than Hoffenheim on the road this season, so it is therefore a little surprising to see that they have only the three away wins to their name. The reason for that is of course an at times porous back line.

A tough one to call with both sides having their problems. Eintracht's defensive absentees may ultimately be balanced out by Hoffenheim's missing midfielders though and we see this one being a draw.

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 2 - 2 Hoffenheim

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 14 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 63% - 37%

Mark Uth and Benjamin Huebner were booked for the visitors. Eintracht Frankfurt kept on the right side of referee Daniel Siebert throughout.

The home side probably just about edged this battle, but can't really have too many complaints about only coming away with a draw, as they struggled to really impose themselves on a battling Hoffenheim outfit.

Eintracht were on top early, but failed to make their dominance count and Hoffenheim gradually eased their way into the game. It was the visitors who came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 36th minute. Andrej Kramaric seeing his effort from range strike the woodwork. 0-0 at half-time.

The home side did take the lead at the start of the second half though. Marius Wolf's cross into the area in the 49th minute being met by Luka Jovic who supplied the left footed finish.

Having worked so hard to take the lead, Frankfurt surrendered it within six minutes. Mark Uth cutting the defence open to play in Serge Gnabry. Gnabry making the most of his chance to fire into the bottom left hand corner.

Eintracht did come the closest to stealing all three points when in the 69th minute Sebastien Haller's header found the cross bar. 1-1 it stayed though.

Two points dropped for Frankfurt, and they may well prove costly. Whilst the point gained does move them up into the fourth qualification spot. Liepzig and Leverkusen are both within striking distance ahead of that pairs clash tomorrow night.

For Hoffenheim, the European places remain just out of reach at present. They sit in seventh, two points off Bayer Leverkusen but having played a game more.

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