Bundesliga preview: Borussia Dortmund - Eintracht Frankfurt
The visitors fight to avoid relegation while BVB look to keep a clean sheet and finish the season level with a Bundesliga defensive record
By Clark Whitney
Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, da Silva; Gotze, Lewandowski; Barrios
Jurgen Klopp will have to do without long-term casualties Nuri Sahin, Sebastian Kehl, Patrick Owomoyela and Florian Kringe on Saturday. However, he will welcome back playmaker Shinji Kagawa, who may make a substitute appearance after missing the entire second half of the season with a metatarsal fracture.
Fahrmann; Jung, Rode, Russ, Kohler; Schwegler, Meier; Ochs, Caio, Fenin; Gekas
Ahead of Saturday's crucial match, Christoph Daum will be without long-term casualties Sonny Kittel, Zlatan Bajramovic, Georgios Tzavellas, Maik Franz, and Chris. Ricardo Clark has also been ruled out of the matchday squad. The only question mark over Daum's selection is in attack. Caio is tipped to start behind main striker Theofanis Gekas, but Ioannis Amanatidis could fill in alongside his Greek compatriot in place of the Brazilian.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Dortmund haven't been defeated in 15 Bundesliga home games (11 wins, four draws).
- Should they keep a clean sheet against Frankfurt, BVB will end the season tied for a Bundesliga record for fewest goals conceded.
- The champions have earned more points in 2010-11 than any Bundesliga team since Bayern Munich in 2007-08.
- Frankfurt have won only one of the 16 matches they have played since they defeated Dortmund 1-0 in December 2010 (10 defeats, five draws).
- Die Adler have only won two of their last 23 games at Dortmund (five draws, 16 defeats), although one of these two victories came last season (3-2).
- Christoph Daum's men have only scored six goals since the winter break; if they fail to score against Dortmund, they will set a new record for fewest goals scored in the second half of a season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
- 20.9 %
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
- 16.92 %
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
- 9.45 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 15, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 4 - Eintracht Frankfurt 0|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Feb 11, 2014||Eintracht Frankfurt 0 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 1, 2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 16, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Eintracht Frankfurt 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 25, 2012||Eintracht Frankfurt 3 - Borussia Dortmund 3|
|Apr 19, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 4 - Mainz 2||GER1|
|Apr 15, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 0||GERC|
|Apr 12, 2014||FC Bayern München 0 - Borussia Dortmund 3||GER1|
|Apr 8, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid CF 0||UCL|
|Apr 5, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 1||GER1|
|8||Antônio da Silva||Midfielder|
|30||César Alves Caio||Midfielder|
|-||M. Titsch Rivero||Midfielder|
Most of Dortmund's goals go through the 18-year old, who just gets better and better. He will be a direct threat on goal, but expect the Germany international to set up chance after chance for Barrios.
He scored a late winner against Dortmund in December, and has done little since. The Greek will have to replicate his form from the first half of the season if die Adler are to avoid relegation.
Frankfurt have greatly struggled to score in the second half of the season and cannot be expected to get a goal against the Bundesliga's best defence. The visitors will fight for their lives, however, and may be able to keep a clean sheet against the champions, who have nothing to play for.
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