Verdict: Over 2.5 goals
Best Odds: 4/6
Desperate to bring an end to what has been a woeful run of form, Eintracht Frankfurt will welcome European outsiders Freiburg to an empty Commerzbank-Arena on Tuesday night.
Starting with the hosts, despite threatening a brief upset away at Bayern Munich over the weekend, it was another pitiful afternoon for a struggling Eintracht Frankfurt. Enduring what has been branded a disastrous campaign after clinching a European finish last season, Adi Hütter’s men were hit with a 5-2 hammering against the defending champions on Saturday evening and have lost each of their last four appearances across all competitions. Also marking their return from the enforced break with a 3-1 defeat at home against Champions League hopefuls Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Eagles have now lost each of their previous five Bundesliga outings on the spin, their worst top-flight run since March 2017. Opening Tuesday’s contest still looking over their shoulder at the drop zone, a huge part of Frankfurt’s continued issues this season has been down to some glaring problems at the back. Including a shock 4-2 defeat at home against Koln earlier in the season, Hütter’s side have landed just a pair of Bundesliga clean sheets since the middle of October.
Aside from striker Gonçalo Paciência who is still dealing with a thigh issue, Frankfurt Head Coach Adi Hütter has a full squad at his disposal for Tuesday night.
As for the visitors, although Freiburg may have marked their return from the enforced break with an eye-catching 1-1 draw away at title outsiders RB Leipzig last week, Christian Streich’s side do find themselves in the midst of a minor rut. Despite already setting a best-ever points return in the Bundesliga with time too spare, they have managed to land just a sole win in their last six appearances and have seen their own fading European ambitions take what could be a crucial blow last weekend. Putting in what was a sluggish display against relegation scrappers Werder Bremen, Freiburg were hit with a shock 1-0 defeat on home soil. While Tuesday’s guests might have picked up a 1-0 win when they faced off against Frankfurt earlier in the season, Freiburg have continued to show some rather worrying inconsistencies on the road. Despite marking their return with that controversial draw against the Red Bull’s, Streich’s side have remarkably managed to win just one of their previous nine Bundesliga matchups on their travels, a run that stems back to September 29th.
Along with being unable to call upon central defender Lukas Kübler due to a knee injury, Freiburg may also be without the likes of Haberer (ankle), Koch (back), Ravet (muscular), Waldschmidt (ankle) who are all doubts.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides faced off earlier in the season, Freiburg picked up a 1-0 win at home.
- However, Tuesday’s guests have won just one of their last nine Bundesliga matches on the road.
- Six of the last seven meetings between the two sides at the Commerzbank-Arena have seen both teams find the net.
- Frankfurt have lost their last five Bundesliga matches on the bounce, their worst run since March 2017.
- The Reds have now conceded 16 goals on that five-match losing run.
On paper, Tuesday’s meeting at the Commerzbank-Arena should be a lively contest. With Freiburg desperately seeking some stability and continuing to show some worrying issues on the road, it is hard to look past what has been a woeful run of form for Eintracht Frankfurt. Hit with a 5-2 drumming against the defending champions over the weekend and with a growing reputation for their dreadful performances at the back, we’re backing what should be yet another high-scoring contest between two sides in the midst of a real sluggish patch.
Verdict: Over 2.5 goals
Best Odds: 4/6
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