Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt / Bundesliga – The last match of the Bundesliga's 32nd round is one of the most interesting, since it shapes struggle for reaching the Champions League. Eintracht stands better in the fight because it occupies the fourth place, while Bayer is the sixth and has three points fewer. It can happen that both teams don’t even qualify for the Europa League. Bayer is better shape right now since it has won three previous matches. Eintracht drew three times in a row, and it won their match played in the first part of season by 2-1.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt begins 05.05.2019 at 18:00 CET
Bayer plays better and better as the season nears its end. It can be said Bayer kicked into higher gear almost too last as European positions were almost out of their reach. They had a series of three defeats, where they lost two matches at home. They lost all matches to teams that occupied European positions, or which still struggle to reach them. In three previous rounds Bayer had a bit easier opponents and it used the situation maximally, so now they have three-game winning streak.
They firstly won Stuttgart away by minimal goal difference, and then routinely won Nurnberg at home by 2-0. In the previous round they played the best and outclassed Augsburg 4-1 away. Interestingly, they were the first to receive a goal, and that happened at the very beginning of match, but then they completely demolished the home team. Bailey didn’t play then and he still hasn’t recovered, so we don’t expect any new changes in the team.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky – Tah, S. Bender, Wendell – Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger – Weiser, Havertz, Brandt, Volland – Alario
It is quite certain that Eintracht fans would be much happier if their team faces an easier opponent and at home, because it can be seen that players are tired and getting out of shape. They play on two fronts and as the season nears its end everything is more difficult because there are injuries and suspensions to cope with. On Thursday Eintracht played the 1st leg of the Europa League semi-finals and they started well against Chelsea in Frankfurt. They were first to take a lead thanks to Jovic, but then they gradually lose steam near the end of the first half they received a goal.
In the second half they did almost nothing and should be satisfied with the draw, though it brings a very difficult task in the 2nd leg in London. They don’t have much time to think about that match, given their struggle in the championship where they occupy the fourth place and want to stay there. Eintracht didn’t win in three previous rounds, which made worse their situation, although they drew in two previous rounds. The question is how much manager Hutter is ready to risk now with changes that should refresh the squad, but Rebic is back in the starting line-up for sure, who didn’t play against Chelsea because of suspension.
Probable lineups Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp – Ndicka, Hasebe, Hinteregger – de Guzman – da Costa, Kostic – Rode, Gacinovic – Jovic, Rebic
Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt PICK
Bayer plays well and is again in good shape, and together with the home-field advantage they are favourites to win the match. Eintracht is losing steam and are very tired from playing two matches in one week, so we will forecast Bayer’s victory.
Pick: Bayer Leverkusen wins
Odds: 1.69 at bethard (down to 1.59 can be played)
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