Borussia M'Gladbach VS Eintracht Frankfurt Prediction
“Borussia-Park” in Mönchengladbach is set to host one of the regular Bundesliga openers on Friday night, 28 October 2016, when round 9 of the 2016-17 season kick-offs with a clash facing Borussia M’Gladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt. Both sides were involved in a midweek DFB-Pokal round when on Tuesday evening Die Borussen won 2-0 over VfB Stuttgart, while “Eagles” from Frankfurt had to play extra 30 minutes against FC Ingolstadt, followed by penalties, for securing their 1/8 final position. Thus Borussia M’Gladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt found themselves in the DFB-Pokal Round of 16 draw which has awarded away games for either – “Foals” from Mönchengladbach will travel for Fürth, whilst Hannover 96 welcomes Eintracht. However, these games are scheduled for February 2017 so both clubs can entirely focus on their Bundesliga perspectives in remaining weeks of 2016.
Borussia M’Gladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Team News and Match Preview
Borussia M’Gladbach had a busy week or even 10 day-period as besides their DFB-Pokal involvement, André Schubert’s men had two games on the road last week. Starting with an UEFA Champions League encounter in Scotland last Wednesday, where Gladbach won its first away game since the DFB-Pokal opening round (vs a Regionalliga opposition – SV Drochtersen / Assel) – 0-2 vs Celtic at their own “Celtic Park” in Glasgow. It was followed by the most hated Bundesliga fixture for each side – visit at the “Allianz-Arena” in Munich, where Bayern München won over Die Borussen – 2-0 on Saturday night.
This leaves Borussia M’Gladbach on the 10th position where they have 11 points won, remaining with 3 points behind current opponents from Frankfurt. Andre Schumbert’s side remains on five points from the 4th placed Hoffenheim, where Gladbach were positioned at the end of season 2015-2016.
“Eagles” from Frankfurt are doing much better compared to their last season struggle when Niko Kovac’s men had to defend their Bundesliga status in the relegation playoffs. After a victorious two-legged matchup against Nürnberg, Eintracht remained in the top-flight of German football hierarchy where they can be pleased by the amount of 14 points won in first 8 games. As a comparison they’re with just three points behind 3rd Hertha BSC, as well as on six points of the top. Of course, everyone in Frankfurt realizes that team’s main target is to secure composure and nothing related with their last season performances, while everything extra will be well-accepted by the fans. And their current form is surely well-received by the supporters, who can be inspired with Eintracht’s last three games – 2-2 home draw vs Bayern München, 3-0 victory in Hamburg, as well as with their DFB-Pokal breakthrough. Although it came after penalty shootout and Eintracht were hosts, Niko Kovac had to use his last substitution in regular 90 minutes with purpose for strengthening team’s defense, since Mexican Marco Fabian was sent-off in 99th minute, only 24 minutes after he came on as Mijat Gacinovic’s replacement.
Borussia M’Gladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Good form shown by Eintracht can be measured by the two consecutive cleansheets which are first for “The Eagles” since February, when Frankfurt managed to keep them in two consecutive goalless draws at home. This time they won away from home as the 3-0 victory over HSV last Friday was also first victory with 3+ goals margin for Eintracht since most than one year, as last time they have shown such convincing display was the 6-2 against Köln from September 2015. Meanwhile that point won by Eintracht in Munich comes as an extra boost and Niko Kovac will be keen to avoid defeat in fourth consecutive fixture.
Eintracht Frankfurt arrives in Mönchengladbach without serious number of absences as Croatian coach cannot rely to the injured Anderson, Guillermo Varela, Danny Blum, Johannes Flum, Marc Stendera, Enis Bunjaki, Alexander Meier and Ante Rebic. Good news are related with Marco Russ’ name, who underwent to a successful surgery of a malignant tumour and he’s back in training. It’s too early for the 31-year-old defender to return in the squad so he’ll miss this one as well.
Andre Schubert can also “boast” with a serious list of missing players since the 45-year-old German coach must pick his starting XI without Alvaro Dominguez, Andreas Christensen, Mamadou Doucouré, Marvin Schulz, Ibrahima Traoré, Josip Drmic, Thorgan Hazard and Raffael.
Significant number of missing players in both squads may cause some rotations in their lineups and formations, so we won’t be surprised if both coaches surprise us with some tactical moves. In these circumstances we definitely find more potential in team from Mönchengladbach, especially when they’re playing at home. “The Foals” have always been stronger at home turf, where they’ll try to end the goal drought. Indeed, Borussia couldn’t score in its last 3 Bundesliga fixtures (losing two of them – 4-0 by Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen and the already mentioned 2-0 by Bayern Munich), while their previous home fixture was a goalless draw vs HSV.
We’ll bet on the home side here (1X2 Betting) – Gladbach have lost only by Barcelona in all their previous home matches this season, as at the same time they have five wins and just one draw in rest six games. Surely a good reason to expect stronger home performance by Borussia M’Gladbach and they should be capable to win over Eintracht Frankfurt, few days before their second Champions League clash against Celtic on Tuesday evening.
Venue: “Borussia-Park”, Mönchengladbach.
Referee: Felix Zwayer.
Possible starting lineups of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Yann Sommer – Tony Jantschke, Jannik Vestergaard, Nico Elvedi – Fabian Johnson, Christoph Kramer, Tobias Strobl, Oscar Wendt – Lars Stindl, Mahmoud Dahoud – Andre Hahn. (3-4-2-1)
Eintracht Frankfurt: Lukas Hradecky – Michael Hector, David Abraham, Jesús Vallejo – Timothy Chandler, Omar Mascarell, Szabolcs Huszti, Bastian Oczipka – Marco Fabian, Mijat Gacinovic – Branimir Hrgota. (3-4-2-1)