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Apr 10, 2021 at 2.30pm UK at Commerzbank-Arena
FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt
4-3
WolfsburgWolfsburg
Kamada (8'), Jovic (27'), Silva (54'), Durm (61')
N'Dicka (36'), Kamada (45+1'), Rode (83')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Baku (6'), Weghorst (46'), Tuta (85' og.)
Mbabu (74'), Arnold (90+4')

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

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two of the Bundesliga's surprise packages this season go head-to-head when Eintracht Frankfurt host Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Frankfurt can move one point behind their third-placed forthcoming opponents with a victory.


Match preview

Andre Silva celebrates scoring for Eintracht Frankfurt on January 30, 2021© Reuters

Frankfurt took one giant step towards qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in the club's history by beating fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund 2-1 last weekend, opening up a seven-point gap ahead of them.

Filip Kostic and Andre Silva looked to have combined yet again to open the scoring, but the Serbian's cross was actually headed up and over Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz by his own teammate Nico Schulz.

Mats Hummels levelled the proceedings one minute before half time after Emre Can had diverted a corner into the defender's path, with Stefan Ilsanker's thumping header after the break ruled out due to offside.

Frankfurt were not to be denied their winner, though, nor was Kostic to be denied setting up Silva for the seventh time in the league this season.

Manuel Akanji's superb slide challenge on Luka Jovic unfortunately fell straight into the path of Kostic, who whipped a delicious first-time cross straight onto Silva's head, with the Portugal striker duly obliging to seal a dramatic 87th-minute winner.

Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner pictured on February 14, 2021© Reuters

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, continued their own charge towards competing in next season's Champions League, albeit in much less dramatic fashion with a routine 1-0 win at home to FC Koln.

The Bundesliga's joint-strongest defence rode their luck at times, though, with Jonas Hector hitting the bar from close range as the visitors began the match much more quickly than the Wolves.

However, the Volkswagen-owned club found another gear after the break, with Wout Weghorst superbly keeping the ball alive to allow Josip Brekalo to open the scoring with a well-placed finish into the far corner.

Ellyes Skhiri missed a golden opportunity from close range to snatch a point for his struggling side, but Wolfsburg held on for a club record fifth consecutive clean sheet at home, with an 11-point cushion inside the top four surely sealing their return to Europe's elite competition for the first time since reaching the quarter-final in 2016.

Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga form:
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  • L
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W

Wolfsburg Bundesliga form:
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  • W
  • L
  • W
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Wolfsburg form (all competitions):
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  • L
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Team News

Eintracht Frankfurt's Amin Younes celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 2, 2021© Reuters

Frankfurt could be without Amin Younes due to a knock, with the midfielder replaced by Daichi Kamada at half time of their crucial win over Dortmund. If so, the Japan international is set to start behind Jovic and Silva.

Defender Martin Hinteregger also remains a doubt with a thigh injury but could be fit to return against Borussia Monchengladbach next weekend, while Ragnar Ache, Jabez Makanda and Almamy Toure have all been ruled out for the rest of the season with serious injuries.

Steven Zuber, Timothy Chandler and Aymen Barkok will all be vying to replace Erik Durm in the right wing-back role, but the former Dortmund man may keep his place after a decent performance against his former club last time out.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, will travel without Renato Steffen, with the Swiss winger likely to be absent until early May with an ankle problem. His compatriot Admir Mehmedi is also set for a spell on the sidelines due to a calf injury.

Left-back Otavio will serve the last of his four-match suspension for a vicious tackle on Hoffenheim's Munas Dabbur last month, with Jerome Roussillon finally returning to the starting lineup in his place against Koln last weekend. Roussillon should keep his place to provide experience and natural width from the role.

Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup:
Trapp; Tuta, Ilsanker, N'Dicka; Durm, Sow, Rode, Kostic; Kamada; Silva, Jovic

Wolfsburg possible starting lineup:
Casteels; Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon; Schlager, Arnold; Baku, Gerhardt, Brekalo; Weghorst


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We say: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Wolfsburg

We can envisage an entertaining draw between two sides punching well above their weight this campaign.

With only seven matches remaining, both clubs look shoo-ins to qualify for next season's Champions League with Dortmund lagging so far behind, although BVB would be able to close the gap on both sides with a win should there indeed be a stalemate in Frankfurt on Saturday.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern MunichBayern30225385384771
2RB Leipzig30187553252861
3Wolfsburg30169554302457
4Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt301511461441756
5Borussia DortmundDortmund301641064422252
6Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen30138948341447
7Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach30111095446843
8Union BerlinUnion Berlin30101374437743
9Freiburg29117114442240
10Stuttgart30109115249339
11Hoffenheim3098134449-535
12Augsburg3096152944-1533
13Mainz 052987143148-1731
14Werder Bremen3079143348-1530
15Arminia Bielefeld3086162346-2330
16Hertha Berlin2868143448-1426
17FC Koln3068162954-2526
18Schalke 04Schalke3027211876-5813

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