Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hannover 96 – Waldstadion AT 14:30
Just two years ago, Eintracht Frankfurt was faced with a relegation play-off game against Nurnberg to stay in the Bundesliga. But after a couple of seasons of radical change and a much-needed refresh of the roster, they are now fourth in the Bundesliga and battling for Champions League football.
The appointment of former Croatia manager Niko Kovac in March 2016 was an inspired choice by the Frankfurt board, as he continues to squeeze every ounce of potential out of his squad.
He’s also worked wonders with a relatively small budget, bringing in Sebastian Haller and Jetro Willems from Holland, and experienced European midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jonathan De Guzman on free transfers.
Eintracht’s home record
Frankfurt’s home form has been solid, but not spectacular. They won their last three games at the Waldstadion, two of those were against RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach, both of whom would’ve overtaken Frankfurt had they come out victorious.
They also managed to get a point when Borussia Dortmund came to town and managed to limit Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win.
It looks as though ex-Real Madrid midfielder Omar Mascarell is unavailable due to injury but Kevin-Prince Boateng will be in the squad after serving a suspension in the 1-0 loss away at Stuttgart.
Unhappiness at Hannover
As for Hannover, their coach Andre Breitenreiter labelled the atmosphere “as negative as ever this season” during their game against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Whilst they may be eight points clear of the relegation zone, the fans are furious at the current ownership issues at the club and the Hannover Ultras have been completely silent throughout some of their recent Bundesliga games.
The discontent in the stands seems to be reflecting results on the pitch, with the Die Roten only picking up three away wins this season. They’re also seven matches without a victory away from the Niedersachsenstadion and it looks unlikely that they’ll pick up any points in Frankfurt on Saturday.
Centre-back Salif Sane is suspended for this one and club captain Edgar Prib is still out injured, which is a massive loss to a team that needs a leader to drag them out of the mess they find themselves in.
The betting angle
Despite a loss in their last game against Stuttgart, it’s hard to oppose Frankfurt – especially at home. They’ve only lost two of their last 10 at the Waldstadion and I can see them recording their fourth consecutive home win on Saturday evening.
The troubles at Hannover don’t seem to be improving and the fan protests could make getting a point an uphill battle. I fancy Frankfurt at -0.50 on the Asian handicap which is available at 1.820.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Eintracht Frankfurt -0.50 at 1.820