Can Frankfurt Do the Double Over Leaders Bayern?

Last updated: May 20, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30
Venue: Allianz Arena
Coverage: BT Sport
Home Form: WWWWW
Away Form: DWLLL
Last Meeting: Frankfurt 5 – 1 Bayern
Competition: Bundesliga

The German Bundesliga has already shown the footballing world that it is possible to cope with the pandemic and is now heading to the second fixture since the unexpected hiatus. A real title challenge could be brewing with Dortmund and Bayern just four points apart preparing for an epic top of the table contest in mid-week. However, write off Frankfurt at your peril, they hammered the champions in their last meeting at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank-Arena.

Bayern Munich know Eintracht Frankfurt well! When the German champions last faced Frankfurt, they were soundly thrashed 5-1. A result that led to the sacking of manager Niko Kovač, who left Frankfurt to join Munich in 2018. Kovač’s assistant, Hans-Dieter Flick took over the reins and handled his audition well, beating their fiercest rivals Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in his first match in charge. Results in recent times are excellent, although not dominant by their standards, Bayern claimed the top spot on matchday 20 and have stayed there since.

Bayern’s march to the title owes an awful lot to the incredible Robert Lewandowski. Since arriving on a free transfer from rivals Borussia Dortmund, the 31-year-old has hit the back of the net 231 times in 276 appearances. When you add in the goals he scored at Dortmund (103 in 183 appearances) you can see why he is regarded as one of the best in the world.

The 31-year old Polish international was on target over the weekend converting a first-half penalty. This was Lewandoski’s 26th league goal of the season, and for a fifth consecutive campaign, he has scored at least 40 goals in a season for his side to secure a six successive win. Benjamin Pavard’s header from a corner kick late in the match made things safe for Munich as they edged out Union Berlin 2 – 0 and regained their four-point advantage at the top. Joshua Kimmich gave a man of the match performance creating three chances throughout the game courtesy of his devilish dead-ball deliveries and accuracy, completing 79 of his 89 passes.

Adolf Hütter is the man who replaced Niko Kovač at Frankfurt when he was bound for Bayern Munich. And it was Hütter and was the mastermind in the 5-1 win that dealt the fatal blow to Kovac’s disastrous short Allianz Arena career. However, despite serving up a rather large dish of Schadenfreude for the Frankfurt fans with the result and subsequent sacking, one win in the last five matches is no good for a side that finished seventh last season to earn European football. They are currently thirteenth on the table nine points behind seventh-placed Freiburg but with a match in hand. An abysmal run of form has seen them lose four games on the bounce by conceding two goals or more during this period.

The visitors have recorded two great victories against Bayern in recent times. The most recent the 5 – 1 demolition of the champions in the Bundesliga, the other was the 3-1 DFB-Pokal cup final success over their rivals in 2018. That win in the final ended a 30-year wait for silverware for Frankfurt. And while it was a triumph that will last long in the memory of supporters, ending their current bad run of form is a more pressing matter. Frankfurt are now just five points above Fortuna Dusseldorf who occupy the relegation play-off place in 16th.

Frankfurt suffered in the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend conceding two early through Alassane Plea in the opening minute, and Marcus Thuram in the seventh were big blows they couldn’t recover from. Borussia added another from the spot and Adrian Silva scored the consolation to end the match 3 – 1.

Team News

Hans-Dieter Flick’s side are four points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga. They face their nearest rivals on Tuesday in a top-of-the-table clash.

Robert Lewandoski has scored 40 goals in all competitions in each of the last five seasons since joining the German champions.

Frankfurt beat Bayern Munich 5 – 1 in the reverse of this fixture, a result that led to the sacking of Niko Kovač, a former Frankfurt manager.

Kostic is Frankfurt’s most productive player with four goals and five assists with their top goal scorer Paciencia managing just seven goals.

Expected Line-Ups:

Bayern (4-2-3-1): Neuer, Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Alcantara, Kimmich, Gnabry, Goretzka, Muller, Lewandowski
Subs: Ulreich, Odriozola, Cuisance, Perisic, Hernandez, Coman, L.Mail, Zirkzee
Injured: Coutinho, Sule, Tolisso
Not available:
Frankfurt (4-1-4-1): Trapp, Toure, Abraham, Hinteregger, N’Dicka, Rode, Kamada, Sow, Ilsanker, Kostic, Dost
Subs: Roennow, Hasebe, Costa, Fernandes, Gacinovic, Torro, Chandler, Kohr, Silva
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Bayern This Season Frankfurt This Season
1st League Position 13th
18 (9) Wins (away) 8 (2)
6 – 0 v Hoffenheim Biggest Win 5 – 0 v Augsburg
4 (2) Draws (away) 4 (1)
1 – 5 v Frankfurt Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 v Dortmund
Lewandoski (26) Top Goal Scorer Paciencia (7)
Y45, R1 Discipline Y49, R2
1 Failures to Score 5
42% Clean Sheets 16%
58% Both Teams to Score Games 64%
81% Over 2.5 Goals 76%
19% Under 2.5 Goals 24%
  • Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt have played thirty-seven matches. The home side has dominated this fixture with 27 wins against the visitors just five wins with five draws between them.
  • The Polish captain is the man to watch with 40 goals so far in all competition is looking like a real contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Thomas Muller who leads the assist charts.
  • A high-scoring fixture historically, averaging 3.05 goals per match. Bayern has scored an average of 3.23 goals per game this season against Frankfurt’s 2.25 goals per match.
  • Frankfurt has not won at away in the league since they beat Hoffenheim in January while Bayern has not lost at home since they were defeated by Bayern Leverkusen back in November 2019.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
02/11/2019 Bundesliga Frankfurt 5 – 1 Bayern Kostic 25’
18/05/2019 Bundesliga Bayern 5 – 1 Frankfurt Coman 4’
22/12/2018 Bundesliga Frankfurt 0 – 3 Bayern Ribery 35’
12/08/2018 Bundesliga Frankfurt 0 – 5 Bayern Lewandoski 21’
19/05/2018 Bundesliga Bayern 1 – 3 Frankfurt Rebic 11’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Bayern sits top of the table by four points but will be anxiously looking over their shoulders at Borussia Dortmund, who they face on Tuesday. Frankfurt has its own problems, slipping quickly towards the relegation play-off spot. Therefore, both teams have plenty to play for.

The over/under market has been kind to us so far this season in Bundesliga betting, and it would be a huge surprise if this fixture doesn’t have plenty of goals in it, particularly when you consider past meetings between the two. Over 3.5 is our pick (4.5 if you are brave), we wouldn’t be surprised to see Munich get revenge for the 5-1 defeat by reversing the scoreline.

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