Preview - RB Leipzig vs Eintracht Frankfurt 09 February 19

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Match Day 21
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Saturday, February 9th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

RB Leipzig: 
Last five matches form: L W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.90
Average goals against per match: 0.90
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (11)

Eintracht Frankfurt:
Last five matches form: D L W D D
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Luka Jović (14)

We look to have a cracking clash in store at the Red Bull Arena on Match Day 21 in the Bundesliga as fourth placed RB Leipzig play host to sixth placed Eintracht Frankfurt. With only five points between the sides, Eintracht can significantly close the gap to the Champions League positions with a win in this.

It was honours even in the first meeting between the sides this season, with the game in Frankfurt ending in a 1-1 draw. RB Leipzig came out on top 2-1 in this game last season.

Dayot Upamecano and Amadou Haidara are out injured for Leipzig, whilst Ibrahima Konaté is suspended. Lucas Torró and Timothy Chandler are the two confirmed absentees for Frankfurt at this stage.

Leipzig are in decent form at present with three wins in their past four. Their only failure in that sequence was when going down narrowly to Borussia Dortmund. Having hit seven with no reply in their two most recent games, things seem to be going well at both ends of the pitch. They have lost only one of ten at home this season, keeping a clean sheet in half of those fixtures.

Eintracht are on a solid enough run themselves with just the one defeat in their past six, including an excellent draw against Borussia Dortmund last time out. They have been beaten three times on the road to date, at Dortmund, Moenchengladbach and Hertha. They have impressively only failed to score in one of those fixtures.

Eintracht have drawn their past two away games 2-2 and with goals looking like being on the menu, we wouldn't be too surprised to see the same scoreline here.

Prediction: RB Leipzig 2 - 2 Eintracht Frankfurt


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  15 - 6
Shots on target: 1 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 54% - 46%

Will Orban, Konrad Laimer, Stefan Ilsanker and Marcel Sabitzer were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Guido Winkmann also taking the names of Gelson Fernandes and Jetro Willems of Eintracht Frankfurt.

RB Leipzig did come out on top on the stats, but having mustered just the one effort on target across the ninety minutes, they can't really claim to have been unlucky not to win. Indeed this was a game of precious few clear cut opportunities and in the end it was no real surprise to see it finish up in a draw.

What chances there were in the first half were coming from set-pieces as both sides were struggling to make any in-roads from open play. Filip Kostic of Eintracht going closest with a free kick from range which forced Peter Gulacsi into a decent stop. 0-0 at the break.

Liepzig twice went close in quick succession towards the start of the second half. Willi Orban seeing an excellent backheeled volleyed effort cleared of the line, and Timo Werner heading only narrowly wide when the ball was immediately played back into the area.

The closest moment to a goal arrived in the 65th minute. Marcel Sabitzer rifling in a low effort from just outside the area which struck the left-hand post bounced back off the keeper and really could have went anywhere. Werner was onto the rebound but Kevin Trapp was back on his feet in time to repel the effort. 0-0 it finished.

No change in the standings for RB Leipzig who remain fourth and five points clear of fifth in the race for the Champion's League. An excellent point on the road for Eintracht, and it is they who now move up into that fifth position.

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