Preview - Hoffenheim vs Eintracht Frankfurt 07 October 18

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Match Day 7
Hoffenheim vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 1Timing)
Stadium: Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Last five matches form: W L D W L
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.67
Top Scorer: Ádám Szalai (3)

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

Almost perfect symmetry between these two sides. Both having won two, drawn one and lost three of their six Bundesliga outings this season and both having a top scorer with three goals so far.

There was nothing to split the two teams last season either with both Bundesliga games ending up in a 1-1 draw.

Hoffenheim do have a lot of injuries for so early in the season. Kasim Adams, Nadiem Amiri, Benjamin Hübner, Dennis Geiger and Lukas Rapp all being unavailable for this one. Tiothy Chandler, Gonçalo Paciênda and Carlos Salcedo are on the side-lines for the visitors.

Hoffenheim arrive on the back of successive 2-1 defeats, firstly at home to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga and then when succumbing to Manchester City in the Champions' League.

Having only won two of their previous ten in all competitions, Hoffenheim have certainly burst into life in the past week; beating Hamburg 4-1 at home in the Bundesliga and then impressively repeating that score line against Lazio in the Europa League.

Hoffenheim are generally very tough to beat on home soil having lost only three of there past 36 at home in the league.

Eintracht have proved to be easy pickings on their travels of late, losing nine of their past ten Bundesliga road games.

That disparity between home and away record combined with the fact that Hoffenheim will be slightly the better rested side may be enough to see this one end in a home win.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 2 - 1 Eintracht Frankfurt


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  12 - 5
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 6 - 0
Possession: 60% - 40%
Kevin Akpoguma and Nico Schulz were booked for Hoffenheim. Referee Daniel Siebert took the names of Allan and Makoto Hasebe of Eintracht Frankfurt who also had Ante Rebic dismissed for two bookable offences.

The visitor's goal had been leading a charmed life in the early stages of this game with Hoffenheim having efforts come down off the crossbar and onto the goal line not once but twice. The early signs were there that this wasn't going to be their day.

Frankfurt took the lead in the 40th minute. What keeper Oliver Baumann was doing so far off his line when Frankfurt broke down the left-hand side - only he knows. He soon found himself lobbed by Ante Rebic though to hand the away side the lead headed into the interval.

It immediately became worse for the home side in the second half as Eintracht doubled their advantage in the 46th minute. Baumann again not covering himself in glory when only able to palm a low cross out to the edge of the area. Luka Jovic ready and waiting to fire in a low finish down the middle.

Hoffenheim did get one back following the dismissal of Rebic, and a nice goal it was too. Reiss Nelson exchanging passes with Joelinton on the left corner of the area before breaking into the box, controlling on his chest and finishing on the volley into the top right.

1-2 final score.

A disappointing result for Hoffenheim in a game many would have been expecting them to claim at least a point from. They drop down to 13th after the latest round of fixtures.

Good win for Frankfurt and a rare one on the road. They continue what has been a largely positive start to the season and now lie in seventh position.

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