Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund – Commerzbank-Arena at 14:30 GMT
The returning Marco Reus helped to inspire Dortmund to a 15th Bundesliga win in 19 as lowly Hannover were swatted aside 5-1 at the Westfalenstadion last weekend. Die Schwarzgelben cemented their position at the top of the table, with BVB enjoying a six-point advantage over Bayern Munich.
Visitors Hannover may be languishing in the relegation zone, but they came out to attack and forced goalkeeper Roman Burki into a smart save inside two minutes. However, Dortmund soon found their feet, and the returning Reus soon stole the show with a goal and assist in another dominant result at home.
The table-toppers now turn their attention towards Saturday’s mouthwatering match-up with surprise high-flyers Eintracht Frankfurt. Having picked up maximum points at RB Leipzig in their most recent road trip, Lucien Favre will be hoping his side can again successful navigate a tricky away trip.
With away days at Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich still on the agenda, Dortmund will be well aware of the significance of surviving unscathed from Saturday’s showdown, and their unrelenting attacking approach should lead us towards an absorbing and entertaining encounter.
Frankfurt’s forwards deserve respect
Last weekend Eintracht Frankfurt were held to a 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen. The stalemate kept Die Adler in fifth but their advantage over the chasing pack has been reduced to three points and it could have been worse had goalkeeper Kevin Trapp not pulled off a string of fine saves.
Once again, Eintracht’s electric forwards excelled with Ante Rebic and Sébastien Haller each scoring equalisers. Along with Luka Jovic, the trio have contributed 31 of Frankfurt’s 39-goal tally this term, making them the most feared frontline in the German top-flight.
Head coach Adi Hutter admitted the match at Bremen was a “good point for us”, acknowledging his team had come under plenty of pressure and the Swiss boss will be keen for his troops to improve upon a return of just W1-D1-L5 when taking on teams and eight and above here.
Goals on the agenda
Two of the Bundesliga’s top three goalscoring sides clash here on Saturday and it’s difficult not to make a case for goals. With Over 2.75 Goals available to support at 1.73, I’m very happy to support another entertaining encounter.
Collectively the pair have seen 29/38 (76%) of their combined fixture feature at least three goals with 17 (45%) also breaking the Over 3.5 Goals barrier. Matches involving this pair have produced an average of 3.53 goals per-game as they’ve scored in all bar three of their Bundesliga battles in 2018/19.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.730
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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