Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hamburger SV 05 May 2018

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Match Day 33
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hamburger SV
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Waldstadion

Eintracht Frankfurt: 
Last five matches form: D L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.31
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: S├ębastien Haller (9)

Hamburger SV:
Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match: 0.84
Average goals against per match: 1.53
Top Scorer: Filip Kostic and Lewis Holtby (5)

A look at the recent form figures of these two sides might suggest that it is Eintracht Frankfurt who are battling relegation and Hamburg who are chasing a European spot, but in fact it's the other way around, as Frankfurt's Europa League bid seems to be grinding to a halt, whilst Hamburg are given their survival bid their all.

The home sides European dreams aren't quite dead yet. They currently sit seventh but are just one point adrift of a Leipzig side who seem intent on imploding as the season draws to a close. Should they win their final two games they would put serious pressure on the Red Bull side. One win in their past seven would suggest that may prove a tall order though. Having won five of their past seven at the Waldstadion, they will at least be hoping to get this one in the bag against the leagues third bottom side.

Having looked dead and buried, three wins in their past four games mean that Hamburg now at least have a shot of staying up this year. Escaping the relegation zone entirely may be too tall an order - they sit five points adrift of fourth bottom Freiburg with just two games remaining - but pipping Wolfsburg to the relegation playoff spot may be a realistic possibility. It seems likely they will still need at least a win and a draw from their two remaining games though.

Walace and Mergim Mavraj are the main absentees for Hamburg. Makoto Hasebe is suspended for the home side.

Despite the recent form of the sides, Eintracht are the significantly better side overall, and with the edge when it comes to injuries can come out on top here.

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 0 Hamburger SV


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 14 - 14
Shots on target: 10 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 34% - 66%

Two bookings for the home side here, with referee Deniz Aytekin taking the names of Jetro Willems and Carlos Salcedo. Hamburg kept their noses clean throughout.

The home side looked to have opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Played in by Aaron Hunt, Tatsuya Ito made no mistake to finish straight up the middle. Unfortunately his effort was ruled out for offside.

Another through ball proved to be Hamburg's undoing in the 31st minute. This time S├ębastien Haller playing in Marius Wolf to fire past Julien Pollersbeck. No flag from the linesman this time and Frankfurt headed into the break a goal to the good. Not a single shot on target from the visitors in the opening period.

Frankfurt doubled their advantage eventually, but not until the 77th minute. Following a period of sustained pressure, including an excellent save from Pollersbeck, the ball eventually fell to Omar Mascarell via Mijat Gacinovic. Mascarell giving the keeper no chance with his finish to the top left corner.

No way back for the visitors now and in the 1st minute of stoppage time Frankfurt rubbed salt in their wounds. David Abraham whipping an excellent ball into the box and Alexander Meir applying an excellent volleyed finish. 3-0 final score.

An important win for Eintracht Frankfurt in their bid for Europa League football. With the teams around them also winning it was important they keep pace by gaining three points here.

Hamburg will now have at least a relegation playoff to contend with, although they seem likely to not even be afforded that luxury. Unless they beat Borussia Moenchengladbach, and Wolfsburg lose to basement boys Cologne at home next week, they will be going down.

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