Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke 12 November 18

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Match Day 11
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke
Monday, November 11th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Commerzbank Arena

Eintracht Frankfurt:   
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 2.30
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Luka Jović & Sébastien Haller (7)

Schalke:
Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match: 0.80
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Nabil Bentaleb & Breel Embolo (2)

We could be in for a cracker at the Commerzbank Arena this weekend in the Bundesliga as bang in-form Eintracht Frankfurt play host to a Schalke outfit who finally seem to be rediscovering their mojo.

This game ended in a 2-2 draw last season, with Schalke wining the reverse fixture 1-0. Eintracht did level matters up a little though by knocking Schalke out of the cup by the same score line.

The injuries have begun to mount up just a little for the home side. Timothy Chandler, Gonçalo Paciência, Francisco Gerlades, Lucas Torró and Carlos Salcedo all look set to sit this one out. Hamza Mendyl and Cedric Teuchert are out for Schalke.

Eintracht have won four of their last five in the Bundesliga, notching 17 goals in the process. They have won eight of their past twelve at home in Bundesliga. The home side arrive here on the back of a home win over Apollon in the Europa League.

Following a truly dire start to the season - losing their first five games - Schalke have now lost only one of their past five in the league. They have won only two of their last eight on the road though. Like Eintracht they also had a positive result in Europe in midweek when beating Galatasaray in the Champions League.

Schalke seem to have reverted to focussing on keeping things shored up at the back of late. A tactic which has proved successful as they have kept a clean sheet in each of their past two away Bundesliga games. A low scoring draw may be on the cards here.


 

 


Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 1 Schalke

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  11 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 10 - 4
Possession: 59% - 41%

Two bookings in this one, both for the away side. Nabil Bentaleb and Salif Sane the men to have their names taken by referee Benjamin Cortus.

The first half was a fairly evenly matched affair with both sides having half chances. Nothing really too clear cut though and we headed into the break locked at 0-0.

As is so often the case, it always looked set to be crucial who managed to grab the first goal in this one. Breel Embolo had a decent chance for Schalke towards the start of the second half but was unable to capitalise, and in the end it was the hosts who struck first.

The opener came in the 61st minute. Luka Jovic breaking towards the edge of the area and beating his man moving to the left before firing into the bottom right corner from just inside the area.

12 minutes later Jovic was at it again. Filipe Kostic cutting the ball back from the left goal line to find the front man lurking around the penalty spot to sweep the ball home first time.

Both sides had hit the woodwork between the first and second goals in what was an attacking and end to end phase of the game.

Eintracht made sure of the points in the 80th minute. A corner from the right hand side seeing a real scramble in the area with Sebastien Haller eventually putting an end to it by smashing home from inside the six yard box. 3-0 final score.

That's five wins in six for Eintracht now who must be just about the form side in the league at present. They move up to fourth spot. Schalke's recent improvement in form runs into a bump in the road here. They remain down in fourteenth.




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