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Nov 21, 2020 at 5.30pm UK at Commerzbank-Arena
FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt
1-1
RB LeipzigRB Leipzig
Barkok (43')
Durm (49'), Sow (60'), Abraham (83')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Poulsen (57')
Nkunku (9'), Olmo (45')

Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. RB Leipzig - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Eintracht Frankfurt take on RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday with the hosts looking to get back to winning ways having failed to win their last four matches.

Leipzig, meanwhile, will be determined to keep the gap between them and leaders Bayern Munich to within two points in the table.


Match preview

Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost celebrates scoring in June 2020© Reuters

Despite failing to win their last four league matches, Frankfurt showed excellent resolve last time out at Stuttgart by coming back from two goals behind to take a point home with them.

Adi Hutter's side could not live with the passing and movement of Stuttgart's Nicolas Gonzalez and Gonzalo Castro in the first half, with Gonzalez drawing a foul from Ibrahima Toure and duly converting from the spot. Castro later doubled Stuttgart's lead with a fine finish from a trademark third-man run in behind the Frankfurt defence.

However, substitute Aymen Barkok turned the game on its head in the second half, skilfully beating two men down the right before pulling the ball back for Andre Silva, who in typical fashion did not allow the chance to go begging by firing into the bottom corner for his fifth goal in seven Bundesliga matches this season. Barkok's corner was headed home by David Abraham to complete the turnaround and earn his side an important point.

Frankfurt are unbeaten in five home meetings with Leipzig, so Hutter will be confident that the likes of Silva and Bas Dost can cause Julian Nagelsmann's side plenty of problems.

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann pictured on November 7, 2020© Reuters

Leipzig looked back to their best in their last match against Freiburg, comfortably dispatching their opponents by three goals to nil.

Emil Forsberg was in inspired form, striking the post in the early stages after excellent hold-up play from Yussuf Poulsen, before the Sweden international was scythed down by Philipp Lienhart. Nordi Mukiele teed up his defensive partner Ibrahima Konate, who fired Leipzig ahead from the resulting free kick.

Having gifted three goals to Bayer Leverkusen in Freiburg's previous match, Nicolas Hofler continued his poor form by tripping up Christopher Nkunku in the penalty area, with Marcel Sabitzer duly converting from the spot. Hofler almost redeemed himself but was excellently denied by Peter Gulasci from close range, before Angelino sealed the three points in sensational style with his 30-yard free-kick firing into the top right corner.

That win put Leipzig back into the top two, ahead of Borussia Dortmund after BVB were defeated by leaders Bayern Munich, but Nagelsmann will be fully aware that his side must continue winning if they are to keep pace with Hansi Flick's side.

Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga form: WWDLDD

RB Leipzig Bundesliga form: DWWWLW
RB Leipzig form (all competitions): WWLLWW


Team News

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Hutter will be without Amin Younes due to coronavirus, with Felix Irorere, Jetro Willems, Sebastian Rode and Ragnar Ache all injury doubts.

However, Frankfurt should welcome key player Filip Kostic back to the side, with the Serbian winger featuring against Scotland during the international break. He has not played for his club since sustaining an injury in the win over Hertha Berlin in late September.

Nagelsmann, meanwhile, was dealt a severe blow with Dayot Upamecano ruled out for several weeks with a torn muscle prior to the win over Freiburg. Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg also both remain sidelined, leaving Leipzig short at the back.

Fabrice Hartmann and Konrad Laimer also remain injured, so with his side travelling to Paris Saint-Germain for a crucial Champions League fixture on Tuesday, Nagelsmann may be tempted to rest a few key players.

Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup:
Trapp; Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger; Toure, Kohr, Ilsanker, Kostic; Kamada; Dost, Silva

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulasci; Mukiele, Konate, Orban, Angelino; Kampl, Sabitzer; Nkunku, Olmo, Forsberg; Poulsen


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We say: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 RB Leipzig

with Leipzig missing key defensive players, we think Frankfurt's excellent front two can exploit defensive deficiencies to gain a positive result in what should be a high scoring, entertaining affair.

Any dropped points by Leipzig will be received with welcome arms in Munich, as Bayern look to extend their lead at the top of the table.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a draw or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Draw/Away:data

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Who will win Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig?

Eintracht Frankfurt
Draw
RB Leipzig
Eintracht Frankfurt
21.8%
Draw
20.2%
RB Leipzig
58.1%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern MunichBayern861128121619
2Borussia DortmundDortmund86022071318
3Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen8530169718
4RB Leipzig85211651117
5Union BerlinUnion Berlin84311881015
6Wolfsburg835095414
7Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach83321313012
8Stuttgart82511612411
9Werder Bremen82511010011
10Augsburg83231011-111
11Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt82511113-211
12Hoffenheim82241415-18
13Hertha Berlin82151518-37
14Freiburg8134919-106
15Mainz 0581161021-114
16Arminia Bielefeld8116517-124
17FC Koln8035814-63
18Schalke 04Schalke8035524-193

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