Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt Prediction, Preview & Betting Tips
Two of the pretenders for Champions League football next season will meet at the “Signal-Iduna-Park” on Sunday night when Borussia Dortmund takes on Eintracht Frankfurt. If not the most, it’s surely one of the very intriguing games in round 26 of the German Bundesliga and both sides crossing swords have their own ambitions for the remaining part of the season.
Borussia Dortmund will remain at home turf after a shocking midweek defeat to RB Salzburg (1-2) in the UEFA Europa League, while guests from Frankfurt are completely focused over the domestic competition. Besides, The Black and Yellows gave up the second position to regional rivals Schalke 04 after two consecutive draws in the Bundesliga. Furthermore, Borussia Dortmund have only won one of their Bundesliga home games matches in 2018 – a 2-0 win vs struggling Hamburger SV and have three draws in the period – vs Wolfsburg (0-0), SC Freiburg (2-2), FC Augsburg (1-1).
Only three days after a lost Europa League encounter against RB Salzburg, they might also struggle with fatigue here. However, there are some good news for Dortmund’s coach Peter Stöger who may rely on the winter signing Manuel Akanji in the Bundesliga games, so one from the centre-backs Ömer Toprak or Sokratis will be dropped on the bench here.
Maximilian Philipp has recovered from injury and could be an option for the left flank of the Borussia Dortmund attack.
“The Eagles” from Frankfurt hold the same number of points with Borussia Dortmund ahead of this match day and look consistent enough to at least challenge for a Europa League spot this season. Of course, all efforts and their current positioning are prerequisites for something more, like a Champions League breakthrough, so Niko Kovac’s men are eager to accomplish top-four finishing. Although they’ve lost the last two Bundesliga games on the road, without scoring in both, Eintracht still boasts the fourth-best away record in the league, having won half of their points (21) away from home.
Defensive midfielder Omar Mascarell is the only injury concern for Eintracht Frankfurt before this game – he still recovers from a foot injury. Anyway, Kevin-Prince Boateng should return into the starting XI at the expense of either Jonathan de Guzman or Gelson Fernandes, who have both started during last weekend’s 1-0 success over Hannover 96.
In the meantime, availability of Marco Russ and Carlos Salcedo provide further defensive options but Kovac is not expected to touch his centre-back trio right now.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the selected market.
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Prediction and Betting Tips
We expect a close, competitive clash from the outset, with “The Eagles” feeling very capable to cause trouble to a potentially exhausted Dortmund side. Thus our experts recommend betting on the goal scoring markets and we fancy the currently suggested betting odds on: “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals“. It’s time for an “overish” game with Borussia Dortmund involved after all “unders” in the last few Bundesliga rounds.
Stats and Facts
– Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in 47 (11 draws) of their last 50 Bundesliga home games. However, all three defeats were earlier this season when Dortmund lost to RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen in the autumn.
– Borussia Dortmund have won their last 6 home matches against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
– Dortmund have scored 2 or more goals in their last 8 competitive home matches against Eintracht Frankfurt.
– We have seen over 2.5 goals in 7 of the last 8 games between Borussia and Eintracht Frankfurt in Dortmund. Both teams have scored in 4 of them.
– Eintracht Frankfurt have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 8 games in all competitions.
– Eintracht Frankfurt have won four of their last 5 games in all competitions.
– There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Borussia Dortmund’s last 4 Bundesliga fixtures.
– There has always been at least one goal scored in the last 43 meetings between Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Possible Starting Lineups of Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt
Venue: “Signal-Iduna-Park”, Dortmund.
Referee: Deniz Aytekin.
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Bürki – Lukasz Piszczek, Sokratis, Manuel Akanji, Marcel Schmelzer – Julian Weigl, Mahmoud Dahoud – Christian Pulisic, Marco Reus, Maximilian Philipp – Michy Batshuayi. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players: Erik Durm, Sebastian Rode, Shinji Kagawa and Andriy Yarmolenko are all injured.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Lukas Hradecky – Makoto Hasebe, David Abraham, Simon Falette – Marius Wolf, Jonathan de Guzman, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Timothy Chandler – Mijat Gacinovic – Ante Rebic, Sebastien Haller. (3-4-1-2)
Missing players: Omar Mascarell.