Eintracht Frankfurt vs Freiburg Preview & Prediction | 2022-23 German Bundesliga
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Although it’s been a really disappointing league campaign for Oliver Glasner and Eintracht Frankfurt, they can still end the season on the highest of highs with the DFB-Pokal final against RB Leipzig still to come. The club have already announced that Glasner will be parting ways with them come the end of the season and the Austrian will want to mark his final fixture at Deutsche Bank Park with a win ahead of their trip to Berlin. The split is understandable when considering that Eintracht lie down in eighth-place, not good enough for a squad of such talent and strength-in-depth.
Eintracht have at least shown signs of improvement over their last couple of weeks, comfortably overcoming Mainz by three goals to nil in a dominating performance. However, they let themselves down once again away at relegation battling Schalke 04 last time out, failing to close out the game after leading 1-2 following goals from Daichi Kamada and Tuta. They proceeded to pay the price, conceding a late equaliser which now leaves them with next to no chance of finishing inside the top six of the Bundesliga.
The fact that Freiburg are still in with a very realistic chance of finishing fourth-place and securing Champions League football next season is a testament to them and the job that Christian Streich has done once again at the club. They have won 17 of their 33 Bundesliga fixtures in 2022-23, drawing eight and losing eight, an identical record to that of fourth-placed Union Berlin who are only above Freiburg in the table on goal difference. Should the visitors better Union’s result on Saturday, then Streich’s men will leapfrog them, although if both sides win, Freiburg will have to triumph against Eintracht Frankfurt by four more goals than Union do vs Werder Bremen.
The gap between Union and Freiburg stood at three points last weekend, but all that changed in the penultimate round of Bundesliga fixtures. Whilst Union Berlin suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat away to Hoffenheim, Freiburg overcame Wolfsburg by two goals to nil, cutting the gap dramatically. It took until the 71st minute for Freiburg to break down Wolfsburg, Christian Gunter scoring, before Nils Petersen made it 2-0 just a few minutes later, sealing the three points.
THE TEAM NEWS
Ankle injuries will keep both Lucas Alario and Hrvoje Smolcic out of this match, whilst there are doubts over Kristijan Jakic, Philipp Max and Sebastian Rode. However, attacking midfielder Jesper Lindstrom is available and could come into the starting line-up, although the likelihood is that he will be on the bench and Daichi Kamada will keep his place as part of a front three alongside Randal Kolo Muani and Mario Gotze.
PREDICTED XI (3-4-3): Trapp; Toure, Tuta, N’Dicka; Buta, Knauff, Sow, Lenz; Kamada, Kolo Muani, Gotze
UNAVAILABLE: Alario (Injured), Smolcic (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Jakic (Injured), Max (Injured), Rode (Injured)
Defensive midfielder Nicolas Hofler’s red card for Freiburg in second half stoppage time against Wolfsburg rules him out through suspension, so a change will need to be made in the centre of the park. Yannik Keitel is a strong candidate to replace him, partnering fellow German Max Eggestein in central midfield. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh is a long-term absentee due to a cruciate ligament injury.
PREDICTED XI (3-4-3): Flekken; Kubler, Ginter, Lienhart; Sallai, Eggestein, Keitel, Gunter; Doan, Holer, Grifo
UNAVAILABLE: Hofler (Suspended), Kyereh (Injured)
Whilst Freiburg have enjoyed a vastly superior Bundesliga campaign compared to Eintracht Frankfurt, that doesn’t reflect the quality at the disposal of the hosts from a player perspective. Therefore, expect a tight encounter with Freiburg needing to dig in defensively for significant periods of time. The visitors can’t risk pushing too many bodies forward too soon, which could see them caught at the other end of the pitch, emphasising the likelihood of a cagey affair. Backing under 2.5 goals to be scored looks a shrewd move.
TIP: UNDER 2.5 GOALS