Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich

Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga when they travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

The visitors had to come from behind to survive a huge upset last weekend, whilst the visitors suffered a second consecutive defeat during a poor start to the New Year.

After falling 2-0 at home to a struggling Wolfsburg side on matchday 22, Frankfurt could not provide the required response when they travelled to a fellow European hopeful in the form of FC Koln last weekend.

Oliver Glasner’s side were restricted to very little in an attacking sense due to the excellent organisation of their opponents, but for his usually free-scoring team to draw blanks in successive games, the former Wolfsburg boss will be concerned.

The disappointing display was not much of a shock when Die Adler’s form during 2022 is taken into account though, with Frankfurt now losing four and winning just one of their opening six games of the New Year.

Six wins from the final seven games of 2021 had shot Frankfurt up the table and into real contention for the Champions League places come May, but the drop off in form in recent weeks leaves Saturday’s hosts in 10th place ahead of the weekend.

A margin of six points is now separating Glasner’s side from a European place of any kind, and with a relatively small nine-point gap between themselves and Augsburg in the relegation playoff spot, Frankfurt will soon need to look over their shoulder if this dip continues for much longer.

Therefore, the visit of Bayern on Saturday could not come at a much worse time, but Frankfurt will take confidence from the fact that they were the side that ended the leaders’ all but perfect start to the campaign back in October, when Die Adler unexpectedly triumphed 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.

Meanwhile, last weekend Bayern bounced back from a disappointing previous week in which they had suffered a shock defeat at VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga, and perhaps fortuitously came away from Red Bull Salzburg with a 1-1 draw in their Champions League round-of-16 tie.

For the opening 45 minutes though, it had appeared that the Bavarians would be on the wrong end of another upset, with Julian Nagelsmann’s side trailing bottom-of-the-table Greuther Furth by 1-0 at half time at the Allianz Arena.

However, Robert Lewandowski equalised within seconds of the restart, and once they got themselves ahead just after the hour mark via an own goal, there was little doubt that Bayern would be returning to winning ways.

With Borussia Dortmund also winning later on that day, the champions’ lead at the Bundesliga summit remained at six points following the conclusion of matchday 23.

Having increased their advantage to nine points on two separate occasions over the last couple of months, Nagelsmann will be frustrated that his side have failed to all but confirm their 10th consecutive Bundesliga title recently, but the leaders remain firmly in the driving seat regardless.

Possessing the advantage of playing one day earlier than Dortmund this week, Bayern have the opportunity to exert the pressure on their challengers once more, by extending the gap back to nine with a win at the Deutsche Bank Park on Saturday.

However, following the shock defeat in the reverse fixture back in October, as well as a couple of slip-ups in recent weeks, the visitors must remain guarded from any potential complacency.

Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga form:
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We say: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Bayern Munich
With Bayern having a small wobble of late by their usual exceptional standards, as well as the absence of a number of important players, we can see them struggling on Saturday.

However, we are still predicting an away win due to Frankfurt’s lack of form this calendar year, but if the hosts can rekindle their goalscoring touch, we can see them causing the league leaders all sorts of problems on home soil.

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