Augsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt – WWK Arena at 14:30 Live at BT Sport
Eintracht Frankfurt was sitting pretty in the fourth spot in the Bundesliga on Christmas Day 2016 but Die Adler lost their way in the Rückrunde, plummeting down the standings with a paltry return of just 13 points from their 17 matches after the winter break.
That was the lowest points tally of any Bundesliga club during the 2016/17 Rückrunde but Eintracht did have something to show for their efforts last season – a DFB Pokal final berth. The cup run naturally engulfed the club, and with it, league form tailed off.
Frankfurt put in a gallant effort against Dortmund in the final but it wasn’t to be. Niko Kovac’s team dusted themselves down in the summer, worked hard in pre-season and Die Adler is making strides once more in the Bundesliga; on Saturday morning, Eintracht sat second in the table.
A 2-0 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach was their second success on the spin and extended their unbeaten streak to five games. Sure, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke moved above Kovac’s charges later that day but Eintracht are doing their utmost to keep the show on the road after last season’s downturn.
The 3-5-2 formation employed by Frankfurt features a whole host of rough diamonds, eager to play their part in a hard-working effort. Even the maverick Kevin-Prince Boateng is playing with a smile on his face whilst digging in; few teams are fitter than Die Adler and their never-say-die attitude has earned the club numerous points already this campaign.
The betting angle
Before meeting Gladbach, only the bottom three had picked up fewer points on home soil than Eintracht so the victory was well received. Now the unlikely Champions League challengers take to the road, eager to enhance an away record that only Bayern Munich can better.
Eintracht has pocketed maximum points in each of their past three away days and suffered only one loss in games as guests (at Leipzig). The visitors have been beaten on just occasions this term with only two defeats arriving in their last 14 fixtures, against Bayern and Leverkusen.
Here they meet an Augsburg team that’s consistently failed to recoup points from promising positions. The hosts were fortunate to pick up a point against rock-bottom Koln last weekend and have only twice tasted success in their last seven outings in front of their home supporters, both against bottom-half dwellers.
So the 1.91 available on Eintracht Frankfurt with a +0.25 start on the Asian Handicap market holds plenty of appeals. It’s a selection that would have returned the profit in 28 of the duos collective 40 Bundesliga battles, as well as 15/20 (75%) respective home/away encounters.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Eintracht Frankfurt +0.25 at 1.900
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