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Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 9 Jun 2020

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Verdict: Bayern Munich to score over 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Bet365

With a spot in the final of this year’s DFP Pokal up for grabs in midweek, a high-flying Bayern Munich will look to move one step closer to a silverware sweep when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, putting in what was a rampant first-half display away at the BayArena over the weekend and hitting Bayer Leverkusen for four, the mood in Bayern Munich’s camp remains at a season-high. Just two more Bundesliga victories away from lifting their eighth consecutive domestic crown, the German giants have only continued to go from strength to strength following their return to action. Still holding a seven-point buffer at the top of the Bundesliga and many around the Allianz believing they can secure both a European and domestic silverware sweep this season, the Bavarians have won their last 10 matches across all competitions. In fact, unbeaten since December 7th and some arguing that this is one of Bayern’s brightest squads over the past decade, Head Coach Hans-Dieter Flick will be hugely excited by Robert Lewandowski’s continued purple patch. Cruising towards another Golden Boot this season, the Polish striker has recorded five goals since returning from the break and has now netted a staggering 48 goals for club and country so far this season. Picking up a thumping 5-2 win when they welcome Frankfurt to Munich last month, Flick’s side will be looking to make another statement in midweek.

Team News

Bayern will once again be without the quartet of Philippe Coutinho (ankle), Lars Mai (ankle), Niklas Süle (match fitness), and Corentin Tolisso (ankle).

Eintracht Frankfurt

As for the visitors, while Eintracht Frankfurt might have opened June enjoying what was a real eye-catching run of form, Adi Hutter’s side came crashing back down to earth over the weekend. Missing out on a golden opportunity and hit with a shock 2-0 defeat at home against Mainz, the Eagles have drastically struggled to replicate a similar level that helped them secure a European return last season. Although Frankfurt may have managed to ease some of their relegation worries with back-to-back victories against Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen on their travels, Hutter has been open about his side’s continued issues at the back. Shipping five when they made the trip to Munich while on Bundesliga duties last month, Wednesday’s guests have landed just a sole clean sheet in their last eight appearances across all competitions. Even more worrying for the Reds, Frankfurt have shipped at least a trio of strikes in five of those eight outings. If they are to secure what would be a stunning upset in midweek, then Hutter will be calling on leading marksman Andre Silva to spearhead their charge. The AC Milan loanee has three goals in his last four outings and has also found the net in back-to-back matches away from the Commerzbank-Arena.

Team News

Wednesday’s guests will be without both Gelson Fernandes (calf) and Gonçalo Paciencia (thigh) in midweek.

Hutter will also be unable to call upon Filip Kostić who will be serving a suspension on their trip to Munich.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off at the Allianz on Bundesliga duties last month, Bayern picked up a 5-2 victory.
  • In fact, over 5.5 goals have been scored in each of the last three meetings between the two sides.
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored five goals since returning to action and has 48 goals for club and country this season.
  • Frankfurt have conceded at least three goals in five of their last eight appearances.
  • Each of the Eagles’ last six away matches across all formats have seen over 2.5 goals at full-time.

Conclusion

On paper, it is hard to see anything other than a routine night at the Allianz for the runaway leaders. Crashing back down to earth after a bright start to June with a shock 2-0 loss against Mainz, it is hard to look past Frankfurt’s woeful trip to Munich while on Bundesliga duties last month. Once again putting five past Adi Hutter’s men and now enjoying what has been a remarkable end to the year, the German giants will be looking to make another statement on Wednesday. With the likes of leading marksman Robert Lewandowski in the midst of a scintillating purple patch, chances should come thick and fast in midweek.

Verdict: Bayern Munich to score over 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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