Saturday, 27 May 2017

DFB Pokal Final: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund Match Preview, Team News And Predicted Lineups

After defeating Bayern Munich in the semi-final, Borussia Dortmund will feel like it's their time to shine when they play Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund
Germany – 2016/17 DFB Pokal Final
Date: Saturday, 27th May 2017
Kick off at 19:00 Nigerian Time
Venue: Olympiastadion Berlin.
BVB will tackle out-of-form Eintracht Frankfurt in the Saturday’s final at Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Borussia Dortmund narrowly secured automatic Champions League qualification with a win on the final day of the Bundesliga season as they finished third –  eighteen points off winners Bayern Munich.

Frankfurt side had a poor league season, finishing in a dismal 11th place. They have won the Pokal on four different occasions, but their last win came in 1998. And now, thye have a DFB-Pokal final to look forward to as they aim to end the season on a high.

TEAM NEWS: 

Eintracht Frankfurt - Niko Kovac will be missing defensive midfielders Makoto Hasebe, Omar Mascarell, and Marc Stendera, right winger Marius Wolf, and striker Shani Tarashaj due to injuries.  On-loan (from Manchester United) right back Guillermo Varela has been suspended by the club after picking up an infection from a tattoo.  So he will also be missing out here. 


Dortmund - Thomas Tuchel will be missing left back Marcel Schmelzer and defensive midfielder Julian Weigl due to injuries.  Attacking midfielder Mario Gotze also remains sidelined due to illness.

TEAMS FORM:

Eintracht Frankfurt have two draws and three losses in their last five matches in all competitions.  They drew 1-1 in the semi-final with Borussia Monchengladbach but went through 6-7 on penalties.  In league play, they drop results away to Hoffenheim 1-0 and at home to Wolfsburg 2-0 before losing 4-2 away to Mainz.  On the final day of the league season, they drew 2-2 with second place RB Leipzig at home.

Borussia Dortmund have three wins and two draws in their last five matches in all competitions.  They won 2-3 at Bayern Munich in the semi-final before drawing 0-0 at home to Cologne.  They then won 2-1 at home against Hoffenheim before drawing 1-1 away to Augsburg.  Last weekend, they won a dramatic match on the final day at home against Werder Bremen 4-3. 

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Eintracht Frankfurt (3-4-3): Hradecky; Hecotr, Abraham, Vallejo; Chandler, Gacinovic, Oczipka, Tawatha; Fabian, Seferovic, Hrgota.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-4-3 football formation

Borussia Dortmund (4-1-2-3): Burki, Piszczek, Bartram Sokratis, Schmelzer; Sahin; Castro, Kagawa; Dembele, Aubameyang, Reus.
Borussia Dortmund 4-1-2-3 football formation

 KEY STATS:
  • Since the inception of the Bundesliga, the two finalists have squared off in 92 competitive matches.
  • BVB have the better record, with 44 wins, 16 draws and 32 defeats.
  • They have met on four occasions in the DFB Cup. Eintracht won the first two ties (6-2 in 1968/69 and 3-1 in 1978/79) and the Black & Yellows emerged victorious in the last two (2-1 in 2007/08 and 1-0 in 2013/14)
  • Borussia Dortmund have become the first club to reach four successive DFB Cup finals (this is their fifth since 2012). BVB have won each of their last seven semi-finals in the competition, equalling Bayern Munich’s record.
  • Borussia Dortmund have only lost four of their last 33 matches in the DFB Cup. Three of those defeats came against Bayern Munich (2013 quarter-final and the 2014 and 2016 finals) and one was by Wolfsburg (2015 final). Here we bring you the match facts on the DFB Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • Frankfurt are only the second finalists to have won three penalty shootouts en route to a final. Shootouts aside, they have only scored five goals in this year’s competition.
  • Marco Reus, Lukasz Piszczek, Marcel Schmelzer and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the only players apart from Manuel Neuer (2011-2014 for Schalke and Bayern) to reach a DFB Cup final four years in a row.
 PREDICTION:

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Borussia Dortmund - Dortmund are big favorites here as they had to oust Bayern Munich in dramatic style to get here and finished the season on a much better run that Frankfurt did.

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