Eintracht Frankfurt vs Werder Bremen Prediction, H2H & Betting Tips
The “Commerzbank-Arena” in Frankfurt am Main is set to stage the Bundesliga’s round 11 opener on Friday night, when Eintracht takes on Werder Bremen. Both sides have been involved in the midweek DFB Pokal draw where they share a common path so far, but situation in the Bundesliga is completely different and if Eintracht Frankfurt can climb up in top half of the table, visitors from Bremen are seeking a way out of the relegation zone. Read what our betting experts have to say in a detailed match preview, prediction and more football betting tips.
H2H History: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Werder Bremen
The most recent meeting between these two clubs was in April this year when we observed a high-scoring 2:2 draw at the same ground. In fact that draw was a really acceptable result for “The Eagles” since they were losing 0:2 on half-time and moreover, Werder arrived in Frankfurt with six victories and a draw in seven games. Zlatko Junuzovic and Fin Bartels both gave a comfortable lead to “The River Islanders” but second half goals of Mijat Gacinovic and Marco Fabian formed the final score, thereby maintaining Eintracht’s positive home record against Werder.
Last time when the Bremen side won over Eintracht in Frankfurt was a remarkable 0:5 success in May 2009, followed by 4 home wins and 3 draws there.
Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Werder Bremen 03.11.2017
As we have mentioned, there was a draw in the midweek where Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen have been drawn against Heidenheim and Freiburg, respectively. However, the German Cup 1/8 finals will take place in second half of December and both teams have a busy Bundesliga schedule until then.
Eintracht Frankfurt missed a golden opportunity to win its first ever Bundesliga away game against regional rivals Mainz. The 1:1 draw last Friday extends an unbeaten home streak of the home team when Eintracht is in town, but it also was the seventh draw for “The Eagles” in their last 9 competitive Friday night fixtures. Eintracht Frankfurt remains undefeated in that period (2 wins, 7 draws) and their last defeat on Friday night was almost 3 years ago – losing 3:2 to Hoffenheim in December 2014.
Now Niko Kovac hopes to remain unbeaten on Friday but mostly to win the clash which can move Eintracht into top-six, at least for a while, or even into top-four if they win it with 4 or more goals. Eintracht’s form looks relatively stable as the team won three of the last five games and lost only once in the last seven (2:1 in Leipzig). That record has qualified them to the German Cup 1/8 finals and is placing them on the 10th Bundesliga position, yet having much better perspectives if they take advantage from a crisis in Bremen.
Werder Bremen head to Frankfurt after another devastating result – losing 0:3 at home to Augsburg on Sunday afternoon. It was the last try for Alexander Nouri who has been sacked after that defeat, although Werder saw a glimmer of hope when beating Hoffenheim in the DFB Pokal only a few days earlier. Nevertheless, Werder moves forward in the Cup but still awaits its first Bundesliga success in the current campaign. “The River Islanders” have won five points out of 10 rounds and they were all gained with draws. Thus guests from Bremen find themselves in the relegation zone, but can emerge out of there, only if they win in Frankfurt. Sounds appealing, especially if we consider that The Green-Whites can sink their North rivals HSV, at least before their match on Saturday afternoon.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Hosts have some players back to first-team training – Makoto Hasebe, Gelson Fernandes and Taleb Tawatha are all fit again. However, we doubt that Niko Kovac will name someone of them in the starting lineup as he will most likely stick to the same 3-5-2 (3-1-4-2) formation used in Mainz. Meanwhile, Danny da Costa and Omar Mascarell work hard to fully recover from their injuries, but they remain in the injury list, where we also find Timothy Chandler, Yanni Regäsel, Marco Fabian, and captain Alexander Meier.
Werder Bremen will be led by the 35-years-old Florian Kohfeldt who has just been appointed as an interim coach. He knows situation in the club well enough as he coached different youth formations, II team and was even an assistant of Viktor Skrypnyk, who led the team in period 2014–2016. Now Kohfeldt has his own chance and who knows, a positive result may earn him some more time or even a full-time deal.
Florian Kohfeldt has all key players in contention and he may be tempted to switch from previously used 3-5-2 formation. Actually Werder won against Hoffenheim and stole a point from another struggling team (Köln) with the 4-2-3-1 formation, which we expect by “The River Islanders” on Friday.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Werder Bremen Prediction and Betting Tips
Werder Bremen have won four of their five points on the road and didn’t lost in any of the last four Bundesliga visits. This includes draws against Hertha BSC, Wolfsburg, Hamburger SV and Köln, so Eintracht need to be prepared for an enthusiastic away team.
Werder have lost only one of their visits so far and that happened against Hoffenheim (1:0) in opening round of the new season.
Eintracht Frankfurt, on the other side, is not the most powerful Bundesliga host but shows signs of improvement in the last two games. “The Eagles” have lost their first two home matches (0:1 vs Wolfsburg, 1:2 vs Augsburg) before winning 2:1 against Stuttgart in end of September, and making a partial comeback vs Borussia Dortmund in their last home fixture (from 0:2 to 2:2).
Both sides have their own arguments and certain ambitions to claim the three points here so our sight once again falls over the goal scoring markets. We believe that both teams will score and logically our betting prediction is: “Both teams to score – Yes“. Werder Bremen can use the usual boost of having a new man in charge, while Eintracht can benefit from their decent home balance against The Green-Whites. Final outcome is fully up to them, although Eintracht Frankfurt is considered for a clear favourite, but we definitely expect goals in both nets.
Possible Lineups of Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen
Venue: “Commerzbank-Arena”, Frankfurt am Main.
Referee: Benjamin Brand.
SG Eintracht Frankfurt: Lukas Hradecky – Carlos Salcedo, David Abraham, Simon Falette – Marius Wolf, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Marc Stendera, Mijat Gacinovic, Jetro Willems – Ante Rebic, Sebastien Haller. (3-5-2)
SV Werder Bremen: Jiri Pavlenka – Theodor Gebre Selassie, Lamine Sane, Niklas Moisander, Ludwig Augustinsson – Thomas Delaney, Zlatko Junuzovic – Izet Hajrovic, Fin Bartels, Florian Kainz – Max Kruse. (4-2-3-1)