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Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Dortmund (DFB Pokal)

Eintracht Frankfurt has this Saturday afternoon their only chance of taking something positive from this season, traveling to the Olympiastadion Berlin, where they will face Borussia Dortmund for the DFB Pokal final. Frankfurt reached the end of a disappointing season and has here the only chance of taking something positive from it, since besides the German Cup, this title also secures presence in the Europa League next season. Borussia Dortmund finished 3rd placed in the Bundesliga and secured access to next season’s Champions League, but this is the only title at their reach and they will look for it.

Eintracht Frankfurt hasn’t reach a DFB Pokal final since 2005/06, where they were eliminated by Bayern Munich, and are unable of lifting this trophy since 1987/88. This was a season where Frankfurt had a promising Bundesliga start of the campaign, reaching the european spots and fighting for them during a few rounds and even took points from teams like Borussia dortmund, Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim, but suffered a break in their form and finished the season in 11th place in the Bundesliga table.

The Eagles have only won 1 of their last 15 Bundesliga matches, losing 10 of them. A win here would not only be amazing, since it would be the first title since 1987/88, but would also be very positive for the team since it would take them to the Europa League next season. Niko Kovac’s men are showing poor efficiency in finishing scoring chances, since they were the 5th team in Bundesliga with less goals scored this season, with long shots being their most effective way of creating scoring opportunities.

In their last 5 official matches, Frankfurt has a record of 1 victory, 1 draw and 3 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 3-1 home win over Augsburg. This result was followed by a 1-0 away defeat against Hoffenheim, a 2-0 home defeat against Wolfsburg, a 4-2 away defeat against Mainz, and in their last clash, a 2-2 home draw against Leipzig. Mascarell and Hasebe are both out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Hrádecky – Hector, Abraham and Vallejo – Chandler, Gacinovic, Oczipka and Tawatha – Fabián and Hrgota – Seferovic.

DFB-PokalBorussia Dortmund, on their turn, reached their 4th consecutive DFB Pokal final, although they haven’t been able to win any of them, losing two against Bayern Munich and the other one against Wolfsburg. The last tim the Black and Yellows won this competition was in 2011/12, lifting their 4th DFB Pokal trophy in all their history. This was a disappointing season for Thomas Tuchel’s men, who were unable of racing with Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title and ended up being eliminated in Champions League quarter finals by AS Monaco, with the DFB Pokal now being the only title at their reach.

Dortmund finished the season as 3rd placed in the Bundesliga table, securing access to next season’s Champions League. This is a team that compensates their defensive difficulties with lethalness in the offensive part, being deadly in counter-attacks, very fast in attacking down the wings and are very dangerous in creating scoring chances using through balls and through individual skill, having very talented players who are capable of making the difference at any moment.

In their last 5 official matches, Borussia Dortmund has record of 3 victories and 2 draws. This sequence of results started with a 2-3 away win against Bayern Munich, for the DFB Pokal. This result was followed by a 0-0 home draw against FC Koln, a 2-1 home win over Hoffenheim, a 1-1 away draw against Augsburg, and in their last clash, a 4-3 home win against Werder Bremen. Gotze, Schurrle and Weigl are all out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Burki – Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra and Schmelzer – Sahin – Dembélé, Castro, Kagawa and Reus – Aubameyang.

Frankfurt won 3 of their last 8 direct clashes, with Dortmund winning the remaining 5.

Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
1. Bundesliga 16/17
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
1. Bundesliga 16/17
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
1. Bundesliga 15/16
Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
1. Bundesliga 15/16
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
1. Bundesliga 14/15
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
1. Bundesliga 14/15
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
1. Bundesliga 13/14
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Borussia Dortmund
DFB Pokal 2013/14

Both teams arrive here with hopes of taking something positive from this season. Borussia Dortmund is an extremely offensive team and, unlike Frankfurt, were in great form in the final rounds of the Bundesliga. Expect this to be a very intense game from the outset, with Dortmund trying to put pressure on Frankfurt from the off.

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Asian Handicap: Borussia Dortmund -1 1.75 Bet365
eintrachtfrankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Country: Germany
  • Stadium: Arena Commerzbank
  • City: Frankfurt
  • Establishment: 1899

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Borussia Dortmund
  • Country: Germany
  • Stadium: Signal Iduna Park
  • City: Dortmund
  • Establishment: 1909

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Fábio Mota
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