Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke 04: The Royal Blues’ Misery May Still Endure
Schalke has been known as the darkhorse of Bundesliga with the occasional presence in Champions League and more frequent one in Europa League. However, the Champions of UEFA Cup (the earlier version of Europa League) 1997 is now still stuck on the tenth of table. Yet, their form lately has been fairly disappointing compared to the one earlier this season. Their suffering of being winless in the last thirteen games so far may still endure since they will have to take on the improving team lately, Eintracht Frankfurt. It is rather unlikely to expect them end their misery in this midweek fixture.
Filip Kostic and Co were back on winning days after shockingly beaten against Mainz before. Last week, they stunned Hertha Berlin and smashed them 4-1 on the road. At first, they were one goal behind as Krystof Piatek found the back of the net at the first half. Apparently, the lady luck smiled on their side as the hosts defender, Dedryck Boyata was sent off. The second half belonged to Frankfurt entirely with Andre Silva as the star. He netted a brace after providing an assist for the equaliser. Another one was scored by Evan Ndicka.
The Royal Blues once again failed to win in the last weeks outing. They had a 1-1 tight game while hosting Bayer Leverkusen. They took the lead first by Daniel Caligiuris penalty but once more the prospective three points were out of their hand as Juan Miranda made an own goal.
Missing players and probable lineups
Adolf Hutter is likely to deploy 3-4-1-2 or 4-3-1-2 again so that he could maximise their strength on long balls with Flip Kostic and Timothy Chandler as the key men plus playing Daichi Kamada behind the two strikers Bast Dost and Andre Silva. Hopefully they could score more goals and seal a big win. Fortunately, there are only two names on the injury table, Gelson Fernandes and Goncalo Pacienca.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Kevin Trapp; Evan Ndicka, David Abraham, Martin Hinteregger; Filip Kostic, Timothy Chandler, Sebastian Rode, Djibril Sow; Daichi Kamada ; Bast Dost, Andre Silva.
His counterpart, David Wagner, seems to have found a fairly suitable 4-4-2 formation for the available squad. Ahmed Kutucu is likely to be at the front accompanied by Rabbi Matondo. Sadly, Wagners option in the midfield is getting more limited as Daniel Caligiuri is suspended. He joins the other six names on the sideline such as Benjamin Stambouli, Guido Burgstaller, Suat Serdar, Armine Harit, Salif Sane and Omar Mascarell. Therefore, Weston McKennie, Alessandro Schopf, Michael Gregoritsch and Benito Raman are the best possible one he has on the second line.
Schalke: Alexander Nubel; Ozan Kabak, Jonjo Kenny, Matija Nastacic, Bastian Oczipka; Weston McKennie, Alessandro Schopf, Michael Gregoritsch, Benito Raman ; Ahmed Kutucu, Rabbi Matondo.
In the head-to-head meetings, it is quite even for both sides. Frankfurt has won three times and had one draw while Schalke has won twice in the last six encounters.
Adolf Hutters mens form lately, apart from the one in DFB Pokal, has been more convincing than Schalkes side. The visitor has been winless in the last thirteen games. Such is likely to endure considering their difficulty in scoring goals from time to time and the crisis in their squad. A definite win for the home side is on the clock.
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