Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt – Schalke

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It’s the last match day before the winter break and Eintracht Frankfurt haven’t lost on matchday 17 (W4, D3) on the last seven occasions. In a further boost, Schalke 04 are Frankfurt’s favourite opponents as they have 24 wins against them in Bundesliga (BL) history.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

During the week, Frankfurt came back from 1-0 down away to Hamburg to win 2-1, while Schalke also registered a win with a 3-2 home success over Augsburg.

In terms of the H2H, Schalke haven’t had much to celebrate in Frankfurt recently as they are winless in the last six matches (D3, L3) in the Commerzbank-Arena. On five of those occasions they failed to score a single goal! Last season, Schalke lost both encounters 1-0 to Frankfurt and they haven’t hit the net against them in the last three Bundesliga (BL) matches (D1, L2). That’s the longest run for them waiting for a goal against any BL opponent.

It’s quite possible that we won’t see many goals in this game as the teams have only produced five goals in the last five matches between them.

This season in the league, Frankfurt have only scored twice at home in the first 45 minutes while Schalke have only found the net once away from home in the first half. However, the 16th to 30th minutes could be the most exciting of the match, as Frankfurt have conceded five of their nine goals at home during this period while Schalke have conceded five of their nine away goals in that time period.

If Frankfurt want to beat Schalke at home, they may have to strike early. The away side have conceded seven of their nine away goals in the first 30 minutes, but scored nine out of ten away in the second half (eight of them between the 60th and 90th minutes).

This match is special for Frankfurt’s Kevin-Prince Boateng, as he also represented Schalke. Frankfurt’s sports director Fredi Bobic said about his new leading player: “It was not easy to convince all officials to have Kevin-Prince in our squad, but our coaches knew him and therefore it was no risk.”

 

Missing players

Eintracht Frankfurt: –

Schalke: L. Goretzka (leg injury), P. Insua (ribs injury), N. Bentaleb (doubtful), A. Schopf (doubtful).

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