Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs RasenBallsport Leipzig 24 September 18

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Match Day 4
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rasenballsport Leipzig
Monday, September 24th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Commerzbank Arena

Eintracht Frankfurt:   
Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 1.67
Top Scorer: Sébastien Haller (3)

Rasenballsport Leipzig:
Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 2.33
Top Scorer: Jean-Kévin Augustin & Timo Werner (2)

The last of the Match Day 4 encounters in the Bundesliga promises to be an entertaining affair as Eintracht Frankfurt play host to RB Leipzig.

Both of these sides were in action in midweek in the Europa League. Frankfurt coming away from Marseille with an impressive 2-1 win and Leipzig losing by the odd goal in five to Red Bull stablemates Salzburg.

Leipzig definitely hold the edge on the injury front with no confirmed absentees. Jetro Willems is suspended for Eintracht Frankfurt who also have Timothy Chandler, Carlos Salcedo and Gonçalo Paciênda out injured.

Eintracht Frankfurt won this 2-1 last season with RB Leipzig winning the reverse game by the same score line.

Four of Leipzig's last five games in all competitions have featured five goals, suggesting we may well be in for an open encounter here.

Frankfurt are probably playing marginally the better football of these two sides at present but they aren't helped by the injuries and suspensions which may just strain the squad playing their second game in four days. Leipzig also look a side to be ideally suited to playing on the counter in a likely open away game, with the pace of Timo Werner expected to be a potent weapon here.

This looks fairly evenly poised and overall a score draw looks to be the most likely outcome.

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 2 - 2 Rasenballsport Leipzig


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  8 - 11
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 53% - 47%

One goal apiece and one booking apiece in Frankfurt. Referee Felix Brych taking the names of David Abraham of Eintracht Frankfurt and Stefan Ilsanker of RasenBallsport Leipzig.

Not all that much in this one. Leipzig ahead on shots but Frankfurt slightly ahead on the possession measure. In the end the draw was probably just about the fairest result.

It was the home side who took the lead in the 26th minute. Péter Gulácsi managing to keep out a header from the in-form Sébastien Haller, but being unable to divert the ball to safety, the ball eventually falling to Gelson Fernandes around six yards from goal who then fired a left footed effort down the middle and in.

The equaliser came from the spot in the 54th minute. Filip Kostic being pulled up for a handball in the area and the referee awarding a penalty kick to the visitors. Emil Forsberg stepping up to do the honours and fire in the equaliser down the centre of the goal.

Forsberg then threatened again almost immediately when firing a right footed effort narrowly wide from inside the area.

Leipzig continued to push for a winner, with Timo Werner ad Forsberg to the fore. The momentum was definitely with the visitors at this stage but they were unable to take advantage.

Frankfurt threatened to take the points themselves in the closing stages with a number of half chances themselves in the closing stages. They too were unable to find that cutting edge and the points were shared.

Both sides stay around the mid table mark at the end of the Match Day 4 fixtures. Leipzig sit 10th with Frankfurt in 13th.

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