Bundesliga / Eintracht Frankfurt vs 1899 Hoffenheim – This is another interesting match of the Bundesliga 1st round given that Eintracht and Hoffenheim played in European competitions last year. Eintracht did better, just like in the Bundesliga through which they qualified for the new season in the Europa League, while Hoffenheim underperformed a bit and will play only in Germany this year. Both teams were successful in the DFB-Pokal first 1st round, while last season Eintracht won both their head-to-head, where they won the one played in Frankfurt by 3-2 after turning the result up-side down.
Game Eintracht Frankfurt vs 1899 Hoffenheim begins 18.08.2019 at 15:30 CET
Eintracht already played number of matches at the beginning of new season as they had to start competing in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. They defeated Estonian Flora two times by 2-1 and those were not memorable performances but the objective was achieved. In the second qualifying round their rival was Vaduz from Lichtenstein and Eintracth outclassed them away by even 5-0, while at home it won by modest 1-0. They also played the first round of the DFB-Pokal and again didn’t excel but they won neighbouring Mannheim by 5-3.
They were losing 3-2 and then the team’s first star Ante Rebic exploded and with three goals secured a place for his team in the DFB-Pokal’s second round. Naturally, manager Hutter has combined players in all matches played so far since he was able to do so because of the opponents’ weaknesses. This is now the first real test of their strength in the new season, and it will be interesting to see who will be in the starting line-up to. Newcomer Sow is injured, just as Russ. Out of newcomers Hinteregger, Kohr and Kamada could play from the first minute.
Probable lineups Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp – Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger – Kohr, Torro – da Costa, Kamada, Kostic– Paciencia, Rebic
Ahead of Hoffenheim is another season that could be very challenging as this team lost several very important players. Sale of forward Joelinton was the final blow to new manager Schreuder, while before that had left Demirbay, Amiri and N. Schulz. Loan for young Nelson has expired. Hoffenheim returned number of their loaned players and they bought several new ones, where the most famous is midfielder Samassekou from Salzburg. Danish Skov and forward Bebou are also new Hoffenheim members, and they borrowed experienced midfielder Rudy.
Those who stayed are mostly younger players and it should be said that Hoffenheim lost preparatory match with Sevilla by 4-0 and had serious problems in the Cup’s first round. They faced Wurzburger and had a lead 2 -0 but then received two goals. They also had a lead in the extra time but they couldn’t keep it, and then they passed after penalties. Out of newcomers Bebou and Rudy are starters, while out of returnees from loan those are Zuber and Grifo. Kramaric's injury is a big problem, Baumgartner and Bittencourt are not there, while Samassekou just arrived
Probable lineups Hoffenheim 1899: Baumann – Posch, Vogt, B. Hubner – Kaderabek, Zuber – Rudy, Grillitsch – Geiger – Bebou, Grifo
Betting Pick: Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim
Neither of teams is in top form at the beginning of season, but they haven’t faced stronger teams. It can be seen that play better in attack than defence and if we judge by how they played last year it is logical to expect a goal fest in Frankfurt.
Pick: Over 3 goals
Odds: 1.91 at bethard (down to 1.81 can be played)
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