Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 11 March 2019
Kick-off: 20:30 CET
Fortuna Dusseldorf were fantastic in Gelsenkirchen last weekend, especially after taking the lead in the 35th minute, from the penalty spot. Three more goals followed in the second half, in a matter of 22 minutes (between 62’ and 84’), enraging Schalke’s fans, who turned against their team after that 0-4 home embarrassment. It was Fortuna’s second win in a row and third in their last four matches in the Bundesliga. They now sit 11th in the table, on 31 points, almost 100% safe. Rensing, Zimmermann, Ayhan, Kaminski, Gießelmann, Lukebakio, Stöger, Sobottka, Fink, Raman and Kownacki. This should be the starting lineup. Drobny, Ducksch and Zimmer are out, injured. The day before the game, Bodzek and Contento were considered doubtful.
Eintracht Frankfurt are in the middle of Europa League round of 16 games against Inter Milan, they drew without goals at home a few days ago, and have the return leg coming up on Thursday, in Italy, but they can’t afford to take their eyes off the ball in the Bundesliga. They finished last weekend sitting 5th in the table, just three points behind 4th-placed Gladbach. Bad news for them is that Rebic remains sidelined, injured, and it’s yet unclear how long it will take him to return. He, Jovic and Haller have been a trio to enjoy practically since the start of the season, producing a phenomenal partnership. Trapp, Abraham, Hinteregger, N’Dicka, Da Costa, Rode, Fernandes, Kostic, Gacinovic, Haller and Jovic, this should be the starting lineup. As previously mentioned, Rebic is out. The day before the game, Chandler and Hasebe were considered doubtful.
Previous five matches:
Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-4
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Nurnberg 2-1
Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Stuttgart 3-0
Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-1
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Inter Milan 0-0
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim 3-2
Hannover vs Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Shakhtar Donetsk 4-1
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1
Fortuna are visiting Wolfsburg next weekend (Bundesliga). Eintracht’s next game is on Thursday, at Inter Milan (Europa League).
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Head to head Stats
Fortuna haven’t hosted Eintracht since 2012; back then, they triumphed 4-0(!). That was in November. In February same year, they had drawn 1-1 in Dusseldorf.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Prediction
Eintracht are given a slight advantage to win the game. Right now though, I wouldn’t bet against Fortuna.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Betting Tips
I prefer focusing on goals; “over 2,5” pays 1.67, not particularly tempting, but combined with “both teams to score” that goes up to 1.90.