Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction, Preview & Betting Tips
When the night falls on Saturday all eyes will be on the “Olympiastadion” in German capital Berlin where last year’s finalists Borussia Dortmund meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2017 DFB-Pokal final. Their encounter comes only a week after the 2016-17 Bundesliga season has ended and this will be last glory source for both sides.
BVB are trying to lift the German Cup for the fourth time while an upcoming game is their fourth consecutive appearance in the final.
Eintracht’s last victory in the final came in 1988, which was the fourth DFB-Pokal won throughout their club’s history.
H2H History: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund
Earlier during the 2016-17 Bundesliga season both sides have met twice. First game facing Eintracht and Borussia Dortmund was in end of November when “The Eagles” won 2-1 in Frankfurt – Szabolcs Huszti and Haris Seferovic were both scorers, whilst another combination between Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was behind BVB’s only goal. Latter was amongst the goal scorers couple of months later (15 April 2017) when Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 at home turf. Marco Reus and Sokratis were other goal scorers for the BVB and Marco Fabian scored for SGE.
After two games with a home advantage for either of the sides, now it’s time for a trophy battle on neutral venue.
DFB Pokal Final: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund 27.05.2017
Borussia Dortmund heads to the final against Eintracht Frankfurt on the back of a 4-3 victory over Werder Bremen that secured Thomas Tuchel’s men a position in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League groups. In fact the reason why BVB were even locked in a tricky battle for the third spot came as a result of the two draws in the three games prior to their most recent success – a goalless draw vs Köln and a 1-1 in Augsburg.
Great news from last weeks of the Bundesliga campaign are related with name of Germany and Dortmund forward Marco Reus. He scored twice for BVB in the win against Werder and Reus intends to be in form before the Cup final. Another forward in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s face will no doubt play a key role in the game if Dortmund are hoping to raise a trophy before the short summer break. The Gabonese striker has scored in each of the last three Bundesliga rounds, netting a brace vs Werder Bremen. Whole number of 31 goals scored by Aubameyang were good enough to earn him the title of the 2016-17 Bundesliga’s top scorer.
Eintracht came away with a point against vice-champion RB Leipzig on the closing Bundesliga day, coming off the back of three consecutive defeats. Right on time, only a week before the DFB Pokal final. Niko Kovac’s side found themselves 0-2 down, but salvaged a result and some momentum thanks to goals from two substitutions – Jesus Vallejo (83’) and Danny Blum (90’). Bastian Oczipka assisted in both occasions.
The draw meant that Eintracht Frankfurt finished 11th in the 2016-17 Bundesliga and remaining Cup final is the only path leading to European football next season. Something which looks attractive for “The Eagles” who were a top-six side earlier in the campaign.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Eintracht’s squad situation improved shortly before the cherished final. Spanish centre-back Jesus Vallejo, who received a call up for the 2017 UEFA U21 European Championship, celebrated a comeback from injury by playing 30 minutes against RB Leipzig, scoring his first goal for SGE in the process. It remains to be seen whether the Spaniard will start in Berlin or he will remain on the bench. In addition, experienced captain Alexander Meier came on to the field for Frankfurt for the first time since mid-March and should see some minutes against Borussia Dortmund.
Unfortunately Marc Stendera, Omar Mascarell, Makoto Hasebe and Slobodan Medojevic are all still injured and will not be fit to take part in the final on Saturday evening. Guillermo Varela won’t find a place in SGE’s group not only in the final but at all. The Uruguayan right-back was suspended by the club after he made himself a new tattoo, although the club told him not to do so before the game.
Thomas Tuchel’s worries ahead of the DFB-Pokal final are mostly concerned about captain Marcel Schmelzer. He suffered a strain during the warm-up in last Bundesliga round against Werder Bremen. “It’ll be tight,” said Tuchel with regards to his availability for the final. Besides, Tuchel can rely to an almost full squad with the exceptions of World Cup winner Mario Götze and young talent Julian Weigl.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Prediction
Eintracht surprisingly reached the 2017 DFB-Pokal final by eliminating Borussia M’Gladbach on penalties in the semi-finals after “The Eagles” had a rather easy road to Berlin.
On the eve of the final Manager Niko Kovac suffers from serious injury problems in central midfield. This makes symbolic hosts from Frankfurt huge underdogs as this continues to cost them consistency and balance. Most likely Bastian Oczipka and Mijat Gacinovic will have to cover that area.
Dortmund are full of confidence and eager to win the DFB-Pokal again after three consecutive final defeats at the “Olympiastadion”. BVB have already qualified for next season’s Champions League group stages through their Bundesliga record and we won’t be surprised if that’s last game for Thomas Tuchel in charge. Indeed, Tuchel is expected to leave Dortmund this summer after he fell out with the board in last couple of months, so he has a last shot on Saturday. Motivation in Dortmund is high, especially after a remarkable 2-3 victory over Bayern Munich at the “Allianz Arena” in the semi-finals.
All arguments and the greater squad depth are making Dortmund clear favourites for winning the trophy but we all know that everything is different in these type of games. That’s why our betting prediction is backing the scoring ability of both clubs and our tipsters recommend betting on “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Olympiastadion”, Berlin.
Referee: Deniz Aytekin.
Possible Lineups of Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund
Eintracht Frankfurt: Lukas Hradecky – Jesus Vallejo, David Abraham, Michael Hector – Timothy Chandler, Mijat Gacinovic, Bastian Oczipka, Taleb Tawatha – Branimir Hrgota, Marco Fabian – Haris Seferovic. (3-4-2-1)
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Bürki – Lukasz Piszczek, Sokratis, Marc Bartra, Marcel Schmelzer – Nuri Sahin – Ousmane Dembele, Gonzalo Castro, Shinji Kagawa, Marco Reus – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (4-1-4-1)