Preview - Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Moenchengladbach 17 February 19

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Match Day 22
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach
Sunday, February 17th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena

Eintracht Frankfurt: 
Last five matches form: L W D D D
Average goals per match: 1.91
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Luka Jović (14)

Borussia Moenchengladbach:
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.95
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa (10)

Just about the pick of the Match Day 22 action in the Bundesliga come at the Commerzbank-arena as fifth placed Eintracht Frankfurt play host to third placed Borussia Moenchengladbcah. The away side are already nine points clear of Eintracht and a win here would be major step towards securing Champion's League football.

Only five points off fourth, it is the Champion's League which also remains the dream for the home side and they will be looking for a positive result in this one as they attempt to chase down RB Leipzig or at least hang on to their Europa League spot.

Borussia came out on top in the reverse of this fixture with a 3-1 win. The game here last season ended in 2-0 win for Eintracht.

Just the one injury for the home side with Lucas Torró being the man to miss out. Raffael and Mamadou Ducouré will be on the side-lines for Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Eintracht have won only half of their games here this season, but were pretty good here in their latest fixture when holding Borussia Dortmund to a draw. They have scored in all bar one of their ten games here, but have also kept only one clean sheet. Both sides do tend to score in Eintracht home games.

Having won only two of their opening nine away games, Borussia will be looking for their third win on the spin here having defeated Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke in their to most recent fixtures. They have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four.

The table says Borussia are the better side, with it being a superior defence which seems to set them apart. That greater solidity can see them take the points.

Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  12 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 8 - 7
Possession: 41% - 59%

Mijat Gacinovic, Makoto Hasebe and Jonathan De Guzman were all booked for the home side, with Christoph Kramer of Borussia Moenchengladbach also having his name taken by referee Deniz Aytekin.

This was just about as evenly contested as the table suggested it would be. Moenchengladbach were the better side, especially considering they were away from home. Whilst they did edge the possession ad shots though, they did have to come from behind and can't have too many complaints to have only come away with a point on the day.

Borussia were having much the better of the early exchanges. Thorgan Hazard twice going close from range and Denis Zakaria only able to hit the keeper when played through on the right.

It was then Eintracht who took the lead on the stroke of half time. A free kick from the right being worked inside, and when Jonathan De Guzman struck on goal his effort hit Danny Da Costa and ran fortuitously for the forward to beat the keeper to the ball and lash home from only a few yards. 1-0 at the break.

 The next goal really could have gone to either side as they both continued to create chances.

Ante Rebic had only rolled narrowly wide for Frankfurt a few minutes earlier, when Moenchengladbach found their equaliser in the 82nd minute. Tobias Strobl playing the ball out of defence to find Zakaria around 25 yards from goal. Zakaria turning and cutting towards the edge of the area and firing an effort under keeper Kevin Trapp and into the left hand side. 1-1 final score.

No change in the standings for Borussia Moenchengladbach. They stay third and seven points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund. Eintracht drop down a spot to sixth and seven points off the top four.

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