Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Arminia Bielefeld

Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Arminia Bielefeld

Both teams will be searching for their first victory of 2022 when Eintracht Frankfurt play host to Arminia Bielefeld on Friday.

The home side are battling for European qualification and enter the contest in eighth place, while Die Arminen are embroiled in a relegation scrap.

After squandering a two-goal to lose 3-2 against Borussia Dortmund, Die Adler had the opportunity to bounce back last weekend when they faced an Augsburg side who are battling it out near the bottom of the Bundesliga table.

It was a contest that started positively for Eintracht Frankfurt, with Daichi Kamada grabbing the opener for the visitors, but Michael Gregoritsch restored parity before the break and the encounter finished level with neither side able to find a winner in the second half.

Oliver Glasner’s men will turn their attention to a meeting with another side battling relegation and after avoiding defeat in six of their last seven competitive home games, Die Adler will be quietly confident of picking up a positive result on Friday.

Despite avoiding defeat in the last nine competitive meetings between the two sides, Eintracht Frankfurt failed to beat Die Arminen in October, with Patrick Wimmer striking late to cancel out Jens Petter Hauge’s opener.

Friday’s hosts will be looking to prevent another contest from ending level, with their failure to convert home draws into wins hindering their league progress – only Arminia Bielefeld have more Bundesliga home draws to their name than Die Adler this season.

As for the visitors, they have begun 2022 with consecutive 2-2 draws, with the latest point resulting from a home encounter against Greuther Furth.

With last weekend’s opponents sitting rock bottom of the Bundesliga, Arminia Bielefeld would have been disappointed to take just a point from the encounter, although they were seven minutes from falling to a home defeat.

Masaya Okugawa gave Die Arminen an early lead, but goals from Jamie Leweling and Havard Nielsen turned the game on its head before Gonzalo Castro rescued Arminia Bielefeld a point, striking in the 83rd minute.

Castro’s late equaliser extended his side’s current unbeaten run to four games and what will please Frank Kramer is that Die Arminen have scored two goals in each of those contests.

With four of their eight away goals coming from their last two Bundesliga away trips, Friday’s visitors have shown that they are improving on the road.

Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga form:
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Eintracht Frankfurt form (all competitions):
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Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga form:
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We say: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Arminia Bielefeld are current enjoying a fine spell of form, and with Eintracht Frankfurt making a habit of drawing at home, we think that the visitors will frustrate the hosts to ensure that the spoils are shared.

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