Prematch: Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Glasner urges Frankfurt to end a seven-game winless run and win again.
Published: April 20, 2023 23:10
On Saturday, April 22, at 17:30 (GMT+1), Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt e. V will face off in a Bundesliga matchup at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.
Dortmund Optimistic of Returning to Victory Soon Despite Hard-Fought 3-3 Tie with Stuttgart
Dortmund were only able to secure one point following a hard-fought 3-3 tie with Stuttgart last weekend despite holding numerical superiority for most of the second half. Stuttgart midfielder Konstantinos Mavropanos [39′], who scored twice during stoppage time for both sides, was dismissed six minutes before halftime after receiving two yellow cards. As Bayern Munich [59 points] also earned a draw, Dortmund kept within two points of record champions Bayern. With 18 wins, 3 draws, and 7 losses to their credit, DWLWD remains optimistic of returning to victory soon. Dortmund have won 10 out of their last 11 Bundesliga home games against Frankfurt [10W, 0D, 1L]. Furthermore, they currently lead the home form table with 34 points accrued through 13 home matches played so far this season. Edin Terzic noted at a pre-match press conference, that “the gap stands at two points; with six games left – four at home” left until their campaign ends, they still had many chances to produce successful football. At home especially they’ve shown great promise all season. He went on to add that in particular home conditions have seen some remarkable football. Terzic will hope his side can draw confidence from their impressive home record when he selects his preferred 4–1–4-1 formation on Saturday. Sebastien Haller scored against Stuttgart, and can expect him to lead their attack once again. Duranville (thigh injury), Morey (match fitness), Meunier (muscular issue), Schlotterbeck (thigh) and Sule (thigh) all miss out, leaving some uncertainty as to their availability for selection.
Frankfurt Aim to End Winless Streak Against Dortmund with Glasner's 3-2-4-2-1 Formation
Frankfurt picked up another point with their 1-1 draw against Monchengladbach, moving them into seventh place with 42 points from 11 wins, 9 draws and 8 losses – but remain winless over their last five Bundesliga fixtures – DLDLDLD. Continued play has resulted in Frankfurt going winless over seven games [0W, 4D, 3L], which remains the longest winless run in Bundesliga this season. Furthermore, Frankfurt have yet to record a clean sheet against Dortmund after 25 matches and no other side have had such difficulty scoring away goals against them. “Dortmund are an exceptional team who had an incredible start to 2023. While their recent performances have been inconsistent,” Oliver Glasner stated at a pre-match press conference. “Regardless, it’s about time we got back into winning ways!” he concluded. One can expect a 3-2-4-2–1 formation with Randal Kolo Muani as the top player here, as Oliver Glasner will have Mario Gotze back from suspension for use against the Eagles; on their part, Jesper Lindstrom, Philipp Max and Hrvoje Smolcic (knee) won’t play due to injuries.