Eintracht Frankfurt’s campaign in Bundesliga this season is under serious threat. They are sloping to the thirteenth in the standings with five consecutive losses. Their failure to find a proper replacement for Luka Jovic at the front seems to be leaving an unresolved issue on the attacking side. This weekend, Frankfurt will be hosting Freiburg which is currently on the seventh.
The teams’ latest news
Frankfurt slumped to another defeat again last week as they were crushed 2-5 while visiting Bayern’s Allianz Arean. As usual, they were hapless and already two goals down at the first half by Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller. Robert Lewansdowski added their advantage at the early second half. Filip Kostic and Co had a glimmer hope to equalise as Martin Hinteregger netted a brace in less than five minutes. However, such was instantly buried again after wonderful Alphonse Davies’s solo run which ended as Bayern’s fourth goal. The score sheet of the match was eventually closed by Hinteregger’s own goal.
Niels Petersen and Co had an unexpected result this weekend. They were beaten by Werder Bremen, one of the teams in the bottom three, by a single strike from Leonardo Bittencourt. Despite dominating the game, they could not turn those decent chances into goals. The only goal Freiburg had in that match was a disallowed one at the second half.
Adolf Hutter’s 4-2-3-1 last week was a total disaster. This weekend, he really needs to opt for the perfect formation for a better result. Their current opponent seems to have weakness in anticipating counter attack and long balls. Frankfurt could maximise their strength on those with Flip Kostic and Timothy Chandler as the key men. Their deadly cross and powerful strike could be helpful to provide the targetman, either Bast Dost or Andre Silva, who needs to be more clinical in their finish, to score. Therefore, 4-2-2-1-1 seems to be quite suitable with one targetman supported by Daichi Kamada as the playmaker.
Christian Streich might be employing 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-1-2 but with more balance between attacking and defensive line. Niels Petersen and Luca Waldschimdt can be considered as duo front men supported by Vicenzo Grifo to be more clinical in the penalty box. Frankfurt’s horrible defense with eight goals conceded already in just two games should be a hole they could expose.
Players to watch
Frankfurt has been counting on Filip Kostic as the top assists provider and surprisingly the Austrian defender, Martin Hinteregger as the top scorer. Both have made eight for each of their forte.
In Freiburg, their key men this season are the defender Nicolas Hofler, the main forward Niels Petersen with eight goals and two assists plus the left wing back Christian Gunter. Another notable figure of the team is the Italian Vicenzo Grifo.
Frankfurt vs Freiburg Prediction
This is a decisive battle for the home side especially. Adolf Hutter needs to pick up a win again to save himself and avoid the relegation zone. Unfortunately, the lack of option at the front due to Goncalo Pacienca’s muscle injury made it harder as his back up, Andre Silva and Bast Dost have been mostly disappointing. The visitor seems to have the same issue on the finishing touch. Thus, a draw seems quite reasonable for both.
Apparently, playing at home behind closed doors is still considered as an advantage according to the punters. Frankfurt are priced to win at 1.95, whereas Christian Streich’s men’s odds to win are only at 3.55. The draw result is slightly lower at the value of 3.65.