Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen 17 December 18

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Match Day 15
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Monday, December 17th 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena

Eintracht Frankfurt: 
Last five matches form: W W W L L
Average goals per match: 2.14
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Luka Jović (10)

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: L L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 1.79
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (5)

The Match Day 15 action in the Bundesliga draws to a close in Frankfurt this coming weekend as fifth placed Eintracht Frankfurt play host to a struggling Bayer Leverkusen side who are currently down in eleventh.

Leverkusen did the double over Eintracht last season, wining this game 1-0 and coming out on top 4-1 in the reverse fixture.

Eintracht continue to be pretty badly affected by injuries. Lucas Torró, Jonathan de Guzmán, David Abraham, Allan Souza, Timothy Chandler and Gonçalo Paciência will all be missing here. Panagiotis Retsos and Joel Pohjanpalo are on the injured list for Leverkusen.

Only two points off the Champion's League positions, Eintracht will be looking to pick up maximum points from the bulk of their remaining home games to ensure they are in a with a chance in the second half of the season. They have won three of six at home this term, losing to Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg.

Leverkusen continue to underwhelm overall. They can be a very exciting and effective outfit on their day, but those days simply haven't been coming around often enough this season. They have been finding a little bit of consistency of late though and arrive here unbeaten in their last five in all competitions. They have won two of seven on the road in the Bundesliga so far in the current campaign, at Fortuna Düsseldorf and when smashing in six at Werder Bremen.

Frankfurt are the better and more consistent side, but those injuries may just even things up and we wouldn't be too surprised to see Leverkusen take a point from this one.

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 2 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  17 - 10
Shots on target: 7 - 7
Corner Kicks: 10 - 7
Possession: 59% - 41%

The home side were finding it hard to keep on the right side of referee Felix Brych in this one, with Jetro Willems, Evan N'Dicka, Sebastian Haller, Carlos Salcedo, Gelson Fernandes and Mijat Gacinovic all being booked. Karim Bellarabi and Lucas Alario of Bayer Leverkusen also had their names taken.

Dead level when it came to shots on target in the game, Bayer Leverkusen put in one of their better efforts here, but in the end came away with nothing as the home side made more of their chances on the day. Comfortably ahead in possession and total shots, Eintracht probably did just about deserve the win.

Leverkusen were actually looking significantly the more dangerous side in the early stages. Julian Brandt twice forcing keeper Kevin Trapp into making smart stops.

The away side then did have the ball in the net in the 19th minute via a venomous 20-yard volley from Karim Bellarabi. A player in an offside position was un-sighting the keeper though and the effort was chalked out.

It was however Frankfurt who took the lead in the 28th minute. The ball being worked to Filip Kostic in the left of the area, and Kostic centring for an only just onside Danny Da Costa to finish into the empty net from a couple of yards. 1-0 at the break.

Frankfurt were immediately on the front foot in the second half and doubled their lead in the 57th minute. Sebastian Haller picking the ball up on the right-hand side and playing a lovely low ball into the area from towards the right corner of the eighteen yard box. Filip Kostic arriving to slot home down the middle from around seven yards.

Eight minutes later Leverkusen finally did get on the scoresheet. Leon Bailey freed down the left and whipping a low ball across the area. His pass missed everyone in the centre but found Bellarabi arriving late towards the far post to finish low into the bottom right.

The only real remaining chances in the game fell to Frankfurt though and the points stayed on home soil. 2-1 final score.

No change for either side at the end of Match Day 15 with Eintracht remaining fifth and Bayer Leverkusen eleventh.

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