Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt 15 August 21

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Match Day 1
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Sunday, August 15th, 2021
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Signal-Iduna-Park

Borussia Dortmund:   
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match (20/21): 2.21
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.35
Top Scorer (20/21): Erling Braut Haaland (27)

Eintracht Frankfurt:
Last five matches form: W L D L W
Average goals per match (20/21): 2.03
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.56
Top Scorer (20/21): André Silva (28)

Potentially one of the most entertaining fixtures on Match Day 1 in the Bundesliga comes at Signal-Iduna-Park as Borussia Dortmund play host to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Third and fifth respectively last term, and separated by just four points, both sides will likely be expecting to challenge towards the top of the table once again.

Dortmund's major loss of the summer was the sale of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United. They have however managed to hang on to Erling Haaland. Eintracht haven't been able to keep hold of their hitman with André Silva making the switch to Leipzig. Colombian Rafael Santos Borré has been brought in to replace him.

Eintracht held the edge in this matchup last season, winning 2-1 in this game and picking up a point courtesy of a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.

Mateu Morey, Marius Wolf, Thomas Meunier, Julian Brandt and Reinier are expected to miss out for the home side. Almamy Touré, Ragnar Ache and Sebastian Rode are the Eintracht absentees.

Dortmund won eleven of 17 at home, hitting two or more goals in an impressive 13 of those fixtures.

Eintracht won six of 14 on the road, scoring two or more in ten of those games, but also conceding two or more in nine.

This may come down to firepower, and whilst both sides look weaker from an attacking perspective this term, we suspect that man Haaland may prove to be the difference.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 1 Eintracht Frankfurt


Half time: 3 - 1
Full time: 5 - 2
Shots: 13 - 10
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 60% - 40%
Referee: Tobias Stieler

Borussia Dortmund: None
Eintracht Frankfurt: None

23 minutes 1-0 (Marco Reus): Dortmund winning possession just inside their own half and launching a swift counter. Haaland advancing down the middle and slipping Reus in to the left of the area. Reus finishing across the keeper into the bottom right from around eleven yards.

27 minutes 1-1 (Felix Passlack (og)): Frankfurt winning the ball and attacking down the right with a low ball played across the eighteen-yard box. Passlack swinging a leg and winning it, but unfortunately his challenge turned into a fine finish into the bottom right corner of his own net.

32 minutes 2-1 (Thorgan Hazard): Wonderful flowing counter from the hosts starting on the edge of their own area. A nice flick from Reus in a central area and Haaland slipping in Hazard to the right of the area. Hazard firing low across goal from eight yards or so and his effort going in off the keeper.

34 minutes 3-1 (Erling Braut Haaland): A long ball launched forward down the middle. Haaland getting a toe to it just before the defender to send himself racing through from goal. Only one likely outcome from their and the Norwegian duly finished into the bottom right from the edge of the area.

58 minutes 4-1 (Giovanni Reyna): Eintracht getting in a couple of good challenges as Dortmund attacked down the middle but the ball breaking to Haaland around 12 yards out to the right. His cross come shot falling to Reyna seven yards out to the right. Reyna finishing into the right-hand side.

70 minutes 5-1 (Erling Braut Haaland): Reus slipping in Haaland close to halfway. Haaland just staying onside and powering forward in the left channel, across his marker inro the centre of the area and finishing into the bottom right from 12-yards.

86 minutes 5-2 (Jens Petter Hauge): A corner played in from the left. Ragnar Ache getting a flick to it and Hauge onto it to turn home on the volley into the bottom right from around fiver yards out to the right.

Analysis: Scary from Haaland who must be just about the most effective centre forward on the planet at present. If there's a better one we certainly haven't seen him. Two goals and three assists from the big Norwegian blowing Eintracht away on the day.

League Standings: Dortmund sit third, Eintracht third bottom.

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