Eintracht Frankfurt v Stuttgart – Commerzbank-Arena at 16:00 GMT live at BT Sport
Eintracht Frankfurt lifted the DFB Pokal and tabled a top-half finish under Niko Kovac last season but with the Croat moving to Bayern Munich in the summer, the club opted to bring in Adi Hutter as their latest head coach.
Hutter was the first Austrian to win a league title abroad as his success with Young Boys last term ended Basel’s eight-year monopoly in Switzerland. However, he was starting the season without a number of last term’s leading lights, pilfered during the off-season by bigger and richer rivals.
Die Adler’s most creative player, Marius Wolf, joined Dortmund and the mercurial Kevin-Prince Boateng departed, along with Lucas Hradecky and Omar Mascarell weakening the ranks. And following the ignominy of a first round DFB Pokal exit to lower league opposition and Super Cup shellacking by Bayern, the pressure was immediate on Hutter.
The turnaround has been remarkable. Frankfurt entered the international break in fifth – a solitary point adrift of the Champions League qualification places – as well as in the Europa League quarter-finals. Eintracht are nine Bundesliga games unbeaten – their best record in 25 years – and 13 without defeat in all comps.
Hutter has certainly been aided by his three lethal forwards – Sebastien Haller, Ante Rebic and Luka Jovic. The trio have contributed 37 goals between them – only PSG, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester City have more prolific trios in Europe’s five major leagues and all three are expected to feature on Sunday.
Frankfurt are short odds favourites to see off Stuttgart at the Commerzbank-Arena and understandably so too; Die Adler have scored nearly twice as many goals as Sunday’s visitors (51 to 26), and conceded nearly half as many (30 to 56). What’s more, Eintracht have W12-D2-L1 against clubs in ninth and below.
Hutter’s hot hosts have plundered at least three goals in nine of those aforementioned 15 fixtures against sides in ninth and below under his watch, whilst generating an impressive 1.27 Expected Goals from open play per-game in the Bundesliga this term, making the -1 Asian Handicap appealing at 1.75.
Stuttgart will be second best
Since switching to a five-man defence, Stuttgart have picked up five of a possible 15 points and January signing Steven Zubar has made an excellent contribution to the cause with five goals in nine games since pitching up for the Swabians. Nevertheless, the away side are easily opposed this weekend.
VFB occupy the relegation play-off spot after 26 matches with Markus Weinzierl’s men owning the second-most porous defence in the division, picking up just five points from a possible 36 on the road. The absence of midfield enforcer Santiago Ascacibar is a blow to their cause, and with 10 defeats from 10 by an aggregate 3-29 against the top-seven could by extended much further here.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Eintracht Frankfurt -1.00 at 1.750
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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