Eintracht Frankfurt v Fortuna Dusseldorf – Commerzbank-Arena AT 17:00 GMT +1
Due to their involvement in Europa League qualifying, Sunday’s showdown with Fortuna Dusseldorf will be Eintracht Frankfurt’s 10th competitive contest of the campaign. Die Adler beat their visitors home and away last season, including a 7-1 drubbing at the Commerzbank-Arena, although a lot has changed since.
Luka Jovic scored five goals in that one-sided victory in October 2018 but his big money move away from Eintracht, as well as Sebastian Haller’s departure, has seen Frankfurt begin to mould a new-look attack for this season. Bas Dost arrived earlier this week to help boost Adi Hutter’s outfit this weekend.
Dost could make his debut here, although in-form Goncalo Paciencia might have something to say about that after netting his fourth of the campaign in last weekend’s 2-1 reverse at RB Leipzig. Ante Rebic sat out the loss and should return to the side on Sunday offering Hutter plentiful offensive options.
Eintracht deservedly overcame Hoffenheim in their Bundesliga curtain-raiser this term, and were surprisingly spritely last Sunday given their exacting Europa League derby with Strasbourg just days earlier. With the return tie in Frankfurt, the hosts could be in reasonably decent nick for the welcome of Fortuna.
Dusseldorf’s defensive concerns
Fortuna finished in mid-table after promotion to the top-flight last season with Friedhelm Funkel’s men winning many admirers for their attacking approach. The side lost lost Dodi Lukebakio in the summer but brought in an exciting prospect in Nana Ampomah, as well as USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
Dusseldorf made an impressive start with a 3-1 win at Werder Bremen, although Steffan was awarded the Man of the Matchday award on the opening weekend for his heroics, making 10 saves to help Funkel’s troops earn an unlikely victory. Fortuna followed it up with a 3-1 Rhineland derby loss to Leverkusen.
Marcel Sobottka and Kasim Adams’s hopes of forcing their way back into the reckoning were dealt a blow, with both players injured during a midweek friendly against fifth-division opposition. Nevertheless, winger Bernard Tekpetey and striker Dawid Kownacki are in contention after catching the eye last week.
Goals on the agenda
The visitors are searching for their first Bundesliga victory in Frankfurt since 1980 but with little wriggleroom in a one-sided betting heat, it may pay to instead side with a goal-heavy game with Over 2.75 Goals chalked up at a very fair 1.71. The selection returns profit should at least three goals be scored.
Last term under the same bosses’, the two teams collectively paid out for Over 2.5 Goals backers in 23/36 (64%) of their respective home/away league outings with 13/36 (36%) also breaking the Over 3.5 Goals barrier and 23/36 (64%) featuring winning Both Teams To Score selections.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 Goals at 1.710
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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