Manuel Veth –
Bayern vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Saturday, May 19, 14:30BST/15:30CEST – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
It is all on the line when Bayern face Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Bayern need at least one point to be ensured the Bundesliga title for the seventh time in a row.
For Bayern head coach Niko Kovac, it is also a trip down memory lane. Kovac coached Frankfurt for over two years and in 2018 guided the club to their first title in 20 years by beating his current club Bayern in the DFB Pokal final in Berlin.
“We will play for a win on Saturday,” Kovac said to the press this week. “We know it’s not going to be easy. Frankfurt have developed very well this season,” he added.
For Kovac, it is all about looking forward. After all, his own job could be on the line should he fail to initiate another Meisterschale parade to the Marienplatz on Saturday. ”
“It is all about becoming champions on Saturday and will not pay attention to what will happen elsewhere,” Kovac said. “We will not calculate. Frankfurt also need to win and will play forward,” Kovac concluded.
That is certainly true. Eintracht Frankfurt were eliminated dramatically from the UEFA Europa League by Chelsea on one week ago. Then on Sunday, they were defeated by 1.FSV Mainz 05 in the Rhein-Main Derby.
As a result, Eintracht Frankfurt need three points and hope that Borussia Dortmund get the job done against Borussia Mönchengladbach and that Bayer Leverkusen fail to pick up three points against Hertha Berlin.
On the other hand, Eintracht Frankfurt could fall all the way to eighth place with a defeat. “I don’t consider such scenarios,” Fredi Bobic said in a kicker interview this week. “Last year’s cup final makes me optimistic that the club will get the necessary points,” he added.
The DFB Pokal final is what captivates the league. Could Eintracht Frankfurt upset Bayern München and potentially had the title to Borussia Dortmund? We will find out on Saturday.
Bayern vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Players to look out for:
Robert Lewandowski #9 – Bayern München
This week Robert Lewandowski was once again linked with a potential transfer away from Bayern München. Both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have, according to kicker, voiced their interest to sign the forward. Bayern, in the meantime, have been linked with the likes of Timo Werner. The main concern for Bayern? Lewandowski scores plenty of goals but not in big games. Can he change that track record on Saturday?
Sébastien Haller #9 – Eintracht Frankfurt
Sébastien Haller will be back for Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. That will be a big boost to the Eagles. With Haller in the squad Eintracht Frankfurt are more effective up front, the striker, after all, can open up space and time for his attacking partners Luka Jović and Ante Rebić.
Bayern vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Match Stats
- In the last 13 games in Munich Eintracht Frankfurt managed just one point, on matchday 12 of the 2007/08 the Eagles managed a 0-0 draw in Munich.
- Joshua Kimmich has played every minute this season. The last Bayern player that managed to play every minute in a season was Philipp Lahm in 2010/11.
- Bayern’s home record against Eintracht Frankfurt: W38 D6 L3
Futbolgrad Network Prediction: Bayern vs Eintracht Frankfurt – 1-1
Bayern vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Lineups
Ulreich – Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba – Goretzka, Thiago – Gnabry, Müller, Coman – Lewandowski
Head Coach: Niko Kovac
Trapp – Abraham, Hinteregger, Falette – da Costa, Hasebe, Fernandes, Kostić – Rebić – Haller, Jović
Head Coach: Adi Hütter
Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and among others contributes to Forbes.com and Pro Soccer USA. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which is available HERE. Originally from Munich, Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently is located in Victoria BC, Canada. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.