FC Heidenheim vs Eintracht Frankfurt Prediction, Preview & Betting Tips
While most football lovers will be focused on the clash in Munich, a club from the city of Heidenheim will take on the last season DFB Pokal finalist Eintracht Frankfurt. Seven months after losing the final in Berlin, “Eagles” from Frankfurt head to the city located in Baden-Württemberg, near Bavarian border, where Eintracht are expected to make a decisive step to the quarter-finals.
Hosts from Heidenheim hope to benefit from playing at their “Voith-Arena” which seems to be their biggest advantage when we have a match involving two clubs from the two Bundesliga tiers.
DFB-Pokal: FC Heidenheim vs Eintracht Frankfurt 20.12.2017
Eintracht Frankfurt comes with an astonishing away record and will be keen to improve it on Wednesday night. Indeed, “The Eagles” have lost one match only in 11 games on the road this season – 1:2 to RB Leipzig in September. They have four wins and two draws in following six visits ever since, including the last two of them which were victories against Hertha and HSV. Unfortunately their home form is not that convincing and Eintracht have won just twice in 8 Bundesliga games, losing four of them. We should highlight that their last three home matches were against some of the well-performing Bundesliga sides right now and despite both narrow defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich, Eintracht missed a fine opportunity to squeeze out the whole pot against Schalke 04 in the weekend. Hosts from Frankfurt took a comfortable 2:0 lead but two late goals of “The Royal Blues” were crucial for the final score. Thus Eintracht remains 8th after first half of the 2017-18 Bundesliga campaign and with just two points less from some of the teams occupying the Champions League spots.
On the other hand we have Heidenheim who will spend the short winter break being on three-points above the relegation zone only, so Frank Schmidt has his own thoughts to consider in the festive period. Thankfully his team managed to earn a point in the last 2. Bundesliga game for 2017 when striker John Verhoek scored a late equalizer during Heidenheim’s visit in Aue. Consequently Heidenheim avoided second defeat in a row and can draw out positives from the six-game unbeaten run before that. These results, five of them were victories meanwhile, were essential for current positioning over the bottom three and provided a longer German Cup experience as well.
Team News and Missing Players
1. FC Heidenheim
After two matches on the road Heidenheim will close the calendar year with a game at home turf and local coach Frank Schmidt has some injury concerns to deal with. Ronny Philp, Tim Skarke and Robert Strauss are all injured while attacking midfielder Kolja Pusch serves a suspension since he was sent off in the 5:2 away win over Jahn Regensburg last round.
Schmidt will most likely field a 4-5-1 formation with three central midfielders, Maximilian Thiel and captain Marc Schnatterer pushing through both wings, and John Verhoek as an only central forward.
Niko Kovac is the one who has more injury concerns but Eintracht’s boss is also the one who has either greater quality and squad depth. In addition to David Abraham’s suspension (straight red card in the DFB-Pokal first-round), the Croatian can’t rely on the injured Omar Mascarell, Jonathan de Guzman, Marco Fabian and veteran Alex Meier.
Jetro Willems will return on the left-back as he was substituted in the first-half against Schalke 04 with a risk of being booked for the second time in the game. Marius Wolf should start on the right-side unless Kovac doesn’t intend to move him as a central midfielder and feature Timothy Chandler as a wing-back. Top scorer Sebastien Haller who came from the bench but eventually scored the second goal in Schalke’s net is expected to return in the starting lineup at the expense of either Ante Rebic or Luka Jovic, who have both led Eintracht’s attack in the weekend.
FC Heidenheim vs Eintracht Frankfurt Prediction and Betting Tips
FC Heidenheim managed to beat a Bundesliga side only once in seven German Cup attempts. That happened in July 2011 when they won 2:1 against Werder Bremen. Considering current status of both clubs and their positioning, we won’t be surprised if FCH losses one more time.
Logically visitors from Frankfurt are favourites not only of the bookies but of our betting tipsters as well. We recommend betting on the away team by using the Asian Handicap (-0.5) markets for a greater value – Eintracht Frankfurt to win in Heidenheim.
Possible Lineups of FC Heidenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt
Venue: “Voith-Arena”, Heidenheim.
Referee: Sven Jablonski.
1. FC Heidenheim: Kevin Müller – Marnon Busch, Mathias Wittek, Timo Beermann, Arne Feick – Marc Schnatterer, Sebastian Griesbeck, Marcel Titsch-Rivero, Norman Theuerkauf, Maximilian Thiel – John Verhoek. (4-5-1)
Eintracht Frankfurt: Lukas Hradecky – Carlos Salcedo, Marco Russ, Simon Falette – Jetro Willems, Gelson Fernandes, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Marius Wolf – Mijat Gacinovic – Ante Rebic, Sebastien Haller. (3-4-1-2)