Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Friday, 14 February 2020, Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
The Eagles fly off to Signal Iduna Park hopeful of maintaining their good run when they face thrillingly hectic Borussia Dortmund in Friday’s Bundesliga skirmish.
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Match Preview
Borussia Dortmund were beaten 4-3 in a crazy clash in Leverkusen after being twice ahead in a frenetic Bundesliga encounter, leading first 2-1 and then 3-2 but ultimately leaving the BayArena empty-handed.
It was their first league defeat of the year (second in a row following shocking loss to Werder in DFB Pokal) but ultimately without grave consequences for the Black & Yellows; they’re still 3rd team of the Bundesliga, still in the title race as Bayern drew with Leipzig last Sunday and sit just four points away.
Lucien Favre’s men are to this day undefeated at Westfalen with seven victories and three draws under the belt in front of their own crowd, with the latest two being just a show of brute force and their limitless attacking potential in 5-0 and 5-1 drubbings of teams unlucky to come their way.
Timothy Chandler and Filip Kostic were the real heroes last Friday as both scored twice, helping Eintracht Frankfurt beat Augsburg 5-0 at the Commerzbank-Arena to maintain their unbeaten start to 2020.
This made for their third league victory in the New Year (fourth overall, if we include the cup) as their push for the top half and continental football continue; currently at 9th, seven points behind first certain Europa League attendee, this run of theirs must be sustained for a little while should they wish to get into the promised land.
To do so, Adi Hütter must change their approach on the road. Frankfurt remains one of the worst traveling sides in Germany though to be completely honest, the Eagles seems to be learning from their mistakes; four out of their total seven points won on excursions has been collected in the last month.
Two important players MIA for Borussia as Julian Brandt and Marco Reus both set to miss Frankfurt clash. Thomas Delaney is uncertain but will likely be in the team on Friday.
Gelson Fernandes, Nils Stendera, Lucas Torró and Marco Russ won’t be on a bus heading to Dortmund while the jury’s still out on David Abraham, who recently returned to training ground.
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (96 games): Borussia Dortmund 47 wins, 19 draws, Eintracht Frankfurt 30 wins.
- Borussia have 34-6-7 record at home versus The Eagles.
- Delaney’s late own goal got Frankfurt a well deserved point in exhilarating 2-2 draw back in September.
- BVB are on a seven-game unbeaten streak v Eintracht.
- Both teams have trouble keeping a clean sheet: Frankfurt failed to do so in the last eight previous encounters v Die Borussen, who succumbed in previous nine.
- Our hosts were first on scoresheet in previous seven h2h meetings.
- Both sides have scored in last eight showdowns.
- Seven out last eight encounters between the two ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Prediction
Even with two important players missing, Borussia is a huge favorite for this one. And since their win doesn’t pay as much, we are going with goals.
In five of Dortmund’s last six home games, most of the goals have been netted after the break, with similar observation being made for Eintracht on travels; seven times in last eight outings which is more than enough for me to back them to do so again.
Using the same logic, I’d like to make bit of a ballsy proposition; three or more goals scored during second half. Just another day at the office for Dortmund since they’ve fulfilled this margin in the last six games in front of their Yellow Wall but we might need some assistance from the Eagles. Hence the ballsy part.