Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund 02 February 19

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Match Day 20
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, February 2nd 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena

Eintracht Frankfurt: 
Last five matches form: W D L W D
Average goals per match: 2.05
Average goals against per match: 1.37
Top Scorer: Luka Jović (13)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals against per match: 2.63
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer & Marco Reus (12)

We have a cracking fixture list in store on Match Day 20 in the Bundesliga, and one of the best of the lot comes here at the Commerzbank-Arena, as fifth placed Eintracht Frankfurt play host to current clear Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. This definitely looks a potential banana-skin fixture for Dortmund and they will be keen to rubberstamp their title credentials by picking up the points.

Six points off the Champion's League positions at present, Eintracht can't afford to lose much more ground and will likely take the game to Dortmund in pursuit of what would be a real statement win.

Dortmund saw off Eintracht 3-1 at the Westfalenstadion earlier in the season but were held to a 2-2 draw in this fixture last season.

Timothy Chandler, Lucas Torró and Allan Souza are missing for Eintracht. Dortmund go without the injured duo of Dan-Axel Zagadou and Manuel Akanji in addition to Leonardo Balerdi who is away on international duty.

Following a stellar run from September onwards, Eintracht's form does look to have tailed off significantly with just two wins in their past seven. They have lost three of nine at home so far, to Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, but are averaging over two goals for in front of their own fans.

Borussia suffered their first blip of the season when losing at Fortuna Dusseldorf, but have bounced back well with three successive wins, including a 5-1 hammering of Hannover last time out. Their past four away wins have all come by just the one goal though, so they haven't been blowing teams away on the road of late.

A peak form Eintracht could be fancied to get something here. They aren't playing well enough at the minute though and seem likely to come up short.

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 2 Borussia Dortmund


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  12 - 12
Shots on target: 7 - 6
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 47% - 53%

Gelson Fernandes and Sebastian Rode were booked for the home side, with referee Feliz Zwayer also taking the names of Thomas Delaney and Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund.

Eintracht Frankfurt have been very inconsistent in recent weeks, but whether they were inspired by the lofty opposition or merely returning to form, they put in a solid display to match the league leaders and pick up a well-deserved point.

Borussia Dortmund were just about having the better of the early exchanges and grabbed the opening goal of the game through Marco Reus in the 22nd minute. Nice passing and a determined run into the left of the area from Raphael Guerreiro who played a low ball to Reus to finish low down the middle from seven yards. Just two minutes later Reus rattled the crossbar thanks to a decent save from keeper Kevin Trapp. An intervention which would prove crucial.

The home sides equaliser arrived in the 36th minute. Danny Da Costa doing really well to win the ball on the right and play an excellent cross into the area. Luka Jovic getting his toe to it on the stretch to finish from around six yards. 1-1 at the break.

Dortmund had the better of only a few chances in the second half, but Eintracht held firm. 1-1 final score.

Borussia Dortmund may have dropped points here, but this is a pretty tough place to come and with results elsewhere going their way they did still stretch their lead at the top to seven points and remain strong favourites to pick up the title. No change in the standings for Eintracht Frankfurt who stay fifth.

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