Unbeaten in their last ten Bundesliga outings (W5 D5), Dortmund are ready to battle it out in all-corners with the hope of strengthening their position within the top four against unlikely competitors Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend. Dortmund were in action in the Europa League on Thursday – a surprising 2-1 defeat at home to Austrian side RB Salzburg – and with a few absences to contend with, there could be a few tired legs around Signal Iduna Park on Sunday. Coach Peter Stoger will, therefore, be happy to hear that midfielder Shinji Kagawa has recovered following an ankle problem, but whether or not he will be fit in time to start is a game time decision.
High-fliers Eintracht Frankfurt had some big news during the week, with talismanic striker Alexander Meier returning to action in a friendly. Meier (35-years-old) is yet to feature in what is his 14th season with the Eagles due to the number of injuries he’s sustained over the past year, and he may have to wait a bit longer with Frankfurt in such unprecedented form. Frankfurt’s 1-0 win at home to Hannover last weekend was their fifth win in seven Bundesliga outings (W5 L2), and the Eagles 42 point total is their highest ever after 25 matches since the introduction of the three-point rule in 1995.
So how will this one pan out? Over the last two seasons, Eintracht Frankfurt have recorded a good string of results against a team as strong as Dortmund, losing just one of the last four against them (W2 D1 L1), and with them now in better shape than ever, there looks to be value in backing them to take at least a point away from this one – that is, by backing Frankfurt Double Chance (Win or Draw). Even with Dortmund looking better under coach Peter Stoger than earlier in the season, there are still signs that this team is struggling in matches that they should be winning – for example, in the recent draws and defeats against weaker teams in the Europa League.
And who will end up with the points on Sunday? Well, even though Dortmund are proving difficult to beat, they still haven’t quite managed to find that winning rhythm. Dortmund have drawn half of the matches since their unbeaten run began (W5 D5) and, notably, for a side that have been notoriously home strong in recent years, the BVB have drawn or lost in 59% of their home outings this term. With Frankfurt losing just three of their twelve on the road too – that is, the Eagles have won or drawn in 75% of their matches on the road (4th best away record in the Bundesliga – you’d certainly expect them to be capable of taking a point away from Dortmund. Our prediction: a 1-1 draw.
Head To Head
Eintracht Frankfurt drew 2-2 at home to Dortmund when the two sides met in October. Frankfurt have won or drawn in three of the last four league meetings against Dortmund (W2 D1 L1).
Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt Stats
- Eintracht Frankfurt have their highest points tally (42) after 25 matches since the introduction of the three-point rule in 1995.
- Dortmund are unbeaten in 10 Bundesliga matches since Peter Stöger took charge (W5, D5).
- Reus has scored in his last three Bundesliga games – his most prolific run since autumn 2015.