A string of five losses on the bounce has left Frankfurt hanging onto league survival on the clutch of a straw. They are currently 14th in the table, just four points ahead of 16th-placed Fortuna Dusseldorf, who did themselves a major disservice at the weekend when they blew away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Koln in Sunday’s late kickoff.
Frankfurt finished eighth and seventh in their last two Bundesliga seasons and played in the UEFA Cup semis just a year ago but the Eagles are now in danger of being sucked in a battle to save their season. The break did little to steady their slide to the bottom as they have lost 3-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach and 5-2 away at Bayern last weekend in the two games they have played after the two-month enforced break.
Adi Hütter’s side has been utterly atrocious in defence in this losing streak. The five they conceded on Saturday afternoon against Bayern made it 15 goals conceded while only scoring three goals themselves in the four-game losing streak. They will need to clean that up if they are to stand any chance of salvaging their season.
Frankfurt will yet again be missing Dominik Kohr through suspension, while Goncalo Paciencia and Marco Russ out with muscular and heel injuries respectively. Bas Dost will have to earn his starting slot given the form of Andre Silva who has been leading the lines in his absence.
Freiburg are having a glorious season, albeit punctuated with periods of inconsistency. Freiburg are currently occupying the seventh spot on the Bundesliga log with 37 points from their 27 matches. Christian Streich’s team are a mere two points shy of Wolfsburg in sixth in a battle for a Europa League spot, but they have won just one of their last six in the Bundesliga. They are coming off a hugely disappointing 0-1 loss at home to relegation candidates Werder Bremen last weekend in their second match after the break. They had drawn 1-1 with high flying Leipzig upon resumption of fixtures.
Freiburg beat Union Berlin in their final match before play was postponed at the start of March but they have mostly struggled to get wins on their travels this season with just one in their last 13 games. They won a bad-tempered reverse fixture 1-0 at home in a game Frankfurt ended up with 9 men and Freiburg ten men after they received two red cards and one red card respectively. So even without the fan factor here, it’s clear the game will be played with some underlying tension from last time.
Freiburg will have to play without the services of Yoric Ravet and Lukas Kubler through muscular and knee injuries respectively, but the visitors otherwise have no fresh injury concerns. Streich could possibly tinker with the starting XI from the Bremen game to bring in fresh legs and impetus into his side. Amir Abrashi might be a beneficiary of any such contemplated changes. Nils Petersen, who has scored eight league goals this season is expected to continue partnering with Holer upfront.
Frankfurt are a team in shambles right now. After losing three crucial players in the summer, coach Adi Hutter has simply been unable to conjure the magical run they had last season. Freiburg, ironically, appear to be using the same portion Hutter had last year. They had a brilliant start to the season and are doing relatively well in the league. They are within touching distance of European football qualification. Last weekend’s disappointing 0-1 home loss to Bremen after an impressive draw against Leipzig the week before, was not for a lack of effort. They dominated the game, had more chances but ultimately failed to make them count. You would expect they took some lessons from that and they should be more clinical this time around when presented with the same opportunities. A double chance Freiburg win or draw looks tempting @ 1.87 on Cloudbet and we fancy it as our first betting prediction for this fixture.
Cloubet betting app’s price of 1.66 for both teams to score also looks tantalizing. Frankfurt’s defence has been a cause for concern for coach Hutter. They are letting in way too many goals at the moment. If Freiburg bring their A-game then they can certainly cause this defence some problems. With so much to play for, both teams will have a go at it in this match and it’s feasible to see both sides scoring and we are going with it as our last tip for this game.
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