Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Eintracht Frankfurt / Bundesliga – The last match of the Bundesliga’s 25th round is more important for the guests as Fortuna is now at safe distance from the drop zone thanks to series of good results made in the second part of season. Eintracht fights to reach some of European competitions and still plays in the Europa League. Eintracht didn’t lose in previous 10 matches, although it drew very often, while Fortuna won three out of last four matches. Eintracht demolished Fortuna by 7-1 in the first part of season.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Eintracht Frankfurt begins 11.03.2019 at 20:30 CET
Fortuna struggled for a long time this season and it was even the last in the table for a couple of rounds in the first part of season. They had then six-game losing streak including the heaviest defeat suffered right by Eintracth of 7-1. Many had already written off Fortuna in those days. It was widely expected that will return to the 2.Bundesliga after just one season in the strongest German league. Despite all these hurdles the club management believed in manager Funkel and it paid off.
Near the end of 2018 Fortuna played better and moved out of the drop zone with series of four wins. Right now they play well and only occasionally underperform. In five previous rounds only Bayer defeated them in Leverkusen, after which Fortuna won two times in a row. They won Nurnberg 2-1 at home after turning the result up-side down, although they had one player more. Fortuna played perhaps the best in the previous round when it won Schalke 04 away by 4-0. Manager Funkel will probably not make changes in the team that played so well.
Probable lineups Fortuna Dusseldorf: Rensing – M. Zimmermann, Ayhan, M. Kaminski, Gieselmann – Barkok, Sobottka – O. Fink, Raman, Kownacki – Lukebakio
After 10 matches played in 2019 Eintracht is still undefeated and that is definitely commendable result, especially as the team from Frankfurt play in two competitions. They still play in the Europa League where they haven’t lost a match this season. In the group phase Eintracth won all six matches, while in the round of 32 they eliminated Shakhtar with one draw and victory. Last Thursday they played the 1st round of 16 leg with Inter and the match ended as goalless draw.
Given that the match was played in Frankfurt they cannot be satisfied with the result but Inter is a strong team and it was known that will not be easy. Eintracth dominated the match and goalkeeper Trapp had defended penalty near the end of first half. They were weakened with Rebic’s absences, while the rest of attack wasn’t exactly up to the level. Rebic is still out of action and the team definitely needs some sort of refreshment, so we expect that manager Hutter makes some changes. He doesn’t have much choice given injuries of some other players but he will make some for sure.
Probable lineups Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp – Falette, Russ, Ndicka – da Costa, de Guzman, G. Fernandes, Willems – Gacinovic – Haller, Jovic
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Eintracht Frankfurt PICK
Fortuna is in good shape and can play without pressure, while the guests from Franfurt need points for the race to European positions. Eintracht’s problem is tiredness and it will be vulnerable with changed team, so this could be an efficient match in the end.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.68 at 888sport (down to 1.58 can be played)
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