Eintracht Frankfurt-Bayern Munich Preview: Bundesliga crown awaits visitors
After being denied the title last week, Jupp Heynckes' men can wrap up the 23rd league triumph in their illustrious history at the Commerzbank Arena
By Enis Koylu
Jun, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka
Aigner, Meier, Inui
Rafinha, Van Buyten, Boateng, Contento
Robben, Muller, Shaqiri
With the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Juventus looming large, Bayern are set to shuffle the pack once more, with Rafinha, Jerome Boateng and Diego Contento all getting run-outs in defence in the places of Philipp Lahm, Dante and David Alaba, respectively.
In midfield, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will get a rare start as Bastian Schweinsteiger is given a rest, while Franck Ribery should make way for Xherdan Shaqiri, who will form an attacking midfield trio with Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben in Toni Kroos' absence.
Finally, Mario Gomez is likely to play up front ahead of Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro. Holger Badstuber, of course, is out for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, for the hosts, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is unavailable due to a broken hand, giving Oka Nikolov a rare opportunity to impress in the Bundesliga.
Elsewhere, though, they have no fresh injuries or suspensions, though Pirmin Schwegler and Martin Lanig will be competing for a spot in midfield, with the former returning from injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Eintracht Frankfurt have the best home record against Bayern of any team in the Bundesliga, having won 18 games against them and lost just nine.
- What's more, no team has ever claimed a 1-0 victory over the Bavarians more times in their history than the Hessians.
- Frankfurt coach Armin Veh made all 65 of his Bundesliga appearances playing under Bayern counterpart Jupp Heynckes (pictured, right) at Borussia Monchengladbach.
- Bayern Munich can win the title with six games to spare for the first time in their history, beating their record of matchday 30 from 1973 and 2003.
- Furthermore, no team has ever won the Bundesliga title during the first half of April.
Claudio Pizarro's four goals against Hamburg last week were his first of the Bundesliga season, coming in his 14th appearance.
Top 3 Predictions
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-8 Bayern
- 13.36 %
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Bayern
- 12.56 %
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Bayern
- 9 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||17-Aug-2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 0 - Bayern 1|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||06-Apr-2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 0 - Bayern 1|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||10-Nov-2012||Bayern 2 - Eintracht Frankfurt 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||23-Apr-2011||Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - Bayern 1|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||27-Nov-2010||Bayern 4 - Eintracht Frankfurt 1|
|21-Dec-2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - FC Augsburg 1||BUN|
|15-Dec-2013||Bayer Leverkusen 0 - Eintracht Frankfurt 1||BUN|
|12-Dec-2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 2 - APOEL 0||EL|
|07-Dec-2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - TSG Hoffenheim 2||BUN|
|05-Dec-2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 4 - SV Sandhausen 2||GERC|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|