Fortuna Dusseldorf v Eintracht Frankfurt – MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA at 14:30 GMT
The Bundesliga’s winter break couldn’t have come at a better time for Eintracht Frankfurt. Die Adler had been struggling with the duel demands of both Europa League participation and domestic matters under highly-rated head coach Adi Hutter and concluded 2019 with seven league defeats in nine.
Eintracht have had time to recharge their batteries over Christmas and the New Year and have returned to Bundesliga action in fine form. Frankfurt’s exceptional 2-0 success over league leaders Leipzig last weekend came hot on the heels of their 2-1 success at Hoffenheim to push Die Adler back into the top-half.
Hutter’s outfit had to ride out the storm against Leipzig, mind. Eintracht had been out-shot 12-1 before half-time, however the hosts caught the visitors cold at the beginning of the second-half with Almamy Touré’s beautifully struck opener and Frankfurt rarely looked like allowing Leipzig back into the contest.
Filip Kostic profited from defensive confusion to finish the fixture off late on and Leipzig’s players admitted post-match they’d been put off their stride by “robust” opponents, as Peter Gulacsi described Eintracht, while Konrad Laimer praised Die Adler for having “defended really well from the first to the last second”.
Hutter himself was aware of the turnaround, saying, “In the first half we were clearly inferior, and sloppy” and was delighted to welcome a few key players to the fold too. Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was influential between the sticks in the opening 45 minutes and David Abraham looked good after returning from a ban.
Eintracht have made adjustments to a back four, too. Die Adler have appeared far more solid in a 4-4-1-1 with veteran Dutch striker Bas Dost leading the line and bringing Frankfurt’s attack-minded midfield into play, much like Sebastian Haller did in droves during the team’s super-successful 2018/19 campaign.
Frankfurt to make it three wins on the spin
Away victories are reasonably rare for Frankfurt but there’s value in supporting the refreshed and revived visitors this weekend at 2.20 when they travel to basement boys Fortuna Dusseldorf. The hosts have been beaten in 12 of 19 outings this term, including five of six straddling either side of the winter break.
Paderborn’s impressive 2-0 win at Freiburg has pushed Fortuna to rock-bottom with head coach Friedhelm Funkel describing speculation over his security as position as “malicious” following last Sunday’s dreadful 3-0 defeat at regional rivals Bayer Leverkusen.
When Rouwen Hennings isn’t scoring, neither do Dusseldorf and Funkel badly needs a result this weekend. However, the home side are returning a sub 28% share of the Expected Goals (xG) from open play in their Bundesliga battles, shipping 1.41 per-game and generating a paltry 0.51 of their own, making the hosts easily opposed at the prices.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Eintracht Frankfurt -0.50 at 2.200
Preview by: @MarkOHaire