All the talk in Germany this year has been about the dominance of Bayern Munich, but one of the best stories is the turnaround of Frankfurt, which is now hunting a European spot.Last season saw Eintracht Frankfurt fighting in the 2. Bundesliga. After gaining promotion, the team has been the surprise of the top flight this year. It currently holds the elusive fourth Champions League spot, and a win on Friday at home would see the club temporarily move ahead by six points over fifth positioned Freiburg.
Eintracht's opponent in Borussia Monchengladbach is a team that has dominated the matches between the two rivals over the last few years. Frankurt has lost five of its last six against the northwestern German side in all competitions, including a 3-2 away defeat in a friendly last month.
However, despite past stumbles against its opponent, the strong play of Frankfurt at home has to give it a slight edge here. Manager Armin Veh has seen his squad post an impressive 7-1-3 (W-L-T) record in front of the 51,000 fans at Commerzbank Arena this season.
A home win is listed at 2.10 over at WilliamHill.com.
A big reason for that has been the outstanding play of Alex Meier, who is tied for fourth in the Bundesliga scoring race with 12 goals on the campaign. To open up the scoring here, Meier is listed at 2.25 to score at any point in the match and a nice 6.00 to open up the scoring.
If your Canadian patriotism tempts you to wager on Olivier Occean, don't. He is listed at the same price as Maier but only has one goal all year. Save your money from that gamble.
Both the draw and away results are being offered at 3.40, and though the draw is very easy to envision (Monchengladbach has drawn 50 percent of its away games and five of its last seven), I do not forsee the visitors taking full points whatsoever.
Do consider the under 2.5 total goals here at 1.91, given the visitors have gone under in eight of their last 11 matches.
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