Dortmund welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the Signal Iduna Park on Friday evening in what will kick off match day 22 of the Bundesliga. Dortmund currently occupy third place and will want to remain close to the league leader, Bayern Munich. Frankfurt, on the other hand, will want to rise above mid-table and perhaps vie for one of the European places. We analyse the teams and also give you the odds bookmaker 1xbet.
It has been a bad couple of weeks for the men in black and yellow. After being dumped out of the German Cup by relegation-threatened Werder Bremen, die Schwarzgelben also lost their last Bundesliga game to Bayer Leverkusen. Lucien Favre has a couple of things to worry about following this defeat.
First and foremost, the team has been shipping in goals; they’ve conceded 11 goals in their last five matches – four to Bayer Leverkusen and three to Werder Bremen and to Augsburg. With a second-round tie against one of the best attacking sides in the Champions League, this match couldn’t come at a better time to help improve the team’s confidence.
Secondly, to add salt to the two-consecutive-losses wound, their captain Marco and Julian Brandt are both injured. Nevertheless, it’s not all bad news on the injury front – Dortmund should welcome back the likes of Axel Witsel and Dan-Axel Zagadou, which could help the team play better defensively.
After playing their last two matches at home, Lucien Favre’s men will welcome playing at home, where they have the second best record in the league. In 10 matches at home, BVB are yet to lose at home, registering seven wins and three draws. They’ve scored 36 goals at home – best record in the league – and conceded ten goals in those ten matches.
The last two matches at home saw Dortmund score five goals each – 5-1 over Koln and 5-0 over Union Berlin. In each of BVB’s last six matches at home, the team has scored over three goals. It remains to be seen how Lucien Favre will approach this match with a Champions League tie looming. Having said that, they wouldn’t want to lose points in a tight battle for the Bundesliga this season.
Eintracht Frankfurt are definitely a team on the rise and will definitely test the defences of Lucien Favre’s men. The Eagles have not lost in their last five matches in all the competition, beating title-chasing Leipzig twice in that run. After pushing Leipzig out of the German Cup, they followed the performance up with a 5-0 demolition of Augsburg, earning their 10th point in four Bundelisga games. Adi Hütter’s men are in red-hot form.
Frankly, Eintracht Frankfurt are the third-worst team when playing away from home. They’ve only taken seven points in 10 away Bundesliga matches with two wins, seven losses and a single draw. However, one win and the only draw was obtained in their last two away games, which may be an indication that the team has turned a corner. In those 10 games, they only scored 11 goals and conceded 17 goals.
Adi Hütter also has some injuries to contend with. His captain, David Abraham, was subbed off last weekend and may not feature in this match. Bas Dost has also missed the team’s last three matches and remains doubtful for this match.
Dortmund come into this match in shaky form, having lost their last two matches. The team will also be without key attacking players, Reus and Brandt. Add to the aforementioned the fact that the upcoming Champions League game against PSG could prove a distraction, and we are emboldened to back Frankfurt for this match. Adi Hütter’s team have seen a resurgence since the turn of the year winning four of their last five matches, and have no distractions to cope with. Our betting tips: You can either back a straight Frankfurt win if you’re willing or take a more measured approach by backing Frankfurt in the double chance market. 1xbet offers the following odds: Frankfurt win – 7.0 odds; Frankfurt double chance – 3.04 odds.
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