Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Bayern Munich, currently top of the Bundesliga, will be looking to make it six league wins in a row when they welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening. Their visitors currently find themselves in 13th position in the table, just five points clear of 16th place. They will have their work cut out if they want to ease any lingering relegation fears they have. Read on to see where the betting value can be found in this Bundesliga clash.
Hans Flick’s Bayern team head into this game on the back of a convincing 2-0 win away at Union Berlin last weekend. Robert Lewandowski struck his 26th league goal of the season in his 24 appearance, a fine record. William Hill are offering odds of 2.80 on the Polish striker scoring at any time in the game on Saturday, which looks like a good bet to us. Bayern’s weekend victory extended their unbeaten run to 12 Bundesliga games, a run that includes 11 wins and one draw. They have also only lost once in their last 17 meetings with Eintracht, something else that should give them confidence.
Adi Hutter’s Frankfurt side can feel the icy breath of a relegation battle on their necks after losing 3-1 at home to Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend. That was the Eagles’ fourth consecutive league defeat, and they are now a mere five points away from the relegation play-off place. Defensively they have been poor too, conceding 13 goals in their last four league games and scoring just twice in that dismal run of results. Further woe is brought by the Eagles’ away form. They have won just twice on the road in 2019/20 and have lost their last two away matches 4-0.
Although it looks surprising, Eintracht actually won the reverse of this fixture 5-1 back in November. Jerome Boateng was sent off in the ninth minute, and Bayern really paid a severe price for his indiscipline. The last time the two sides met at the Allianz Arena, though, it was Bayern who won the game 5-1, with five different goalscorers. William Hill are offering odds of 19.00 on the Bavarians repeating that feat on Saturday. If you fancy Eintracht to win 5-1 again, then William Hill’s odds are 126.00. Barring this season’s defeat, Bayern have scored at least three goals in the last five games between these sides in all competitions.
One bright spot for Frankfurt comes in the shape of Portuguese forward Andre Silva. Currently on loan in the Bundesliga from AC Milan, he has hit four goals in his last five games for Eintracht in all competitions. One of those goals was the late consolation in the weekend defeat at Monchengladbach. By the time he scored, though, Hutter’s team were already 3-0 down. They need to sharpen up their defence if they are to have a chance to taking anything at all away from their trip to Munich this Saturday.
Of course, Bayern have their own potent attacking players, not least Lewandowski, who has a fine record against Frankfurt. The Polish star bagged a hat-trick when the teams met in the German Super Cup in 2018. The Reds are still without Philippe Coutinho, who is out of action with an ankle injury. But they do have Serge Gnabry available. He has hit 11 goals in the Bundesliga so far this season, and stands at fifth place in the scoring charts, with Lewandowski in first.
Eintracht’s defence has been poor this season, and the outcome of this game is sure to hinge upon how long they can keep Bayern at bay. Hard work and organisation are sure to be the watchwords of Hutter’s team talk, and his team will need to be at their best while also hoping that Bayern have a bad day.
Our recommended tip for this game comes from William Hill, who are offering odds of 3.10 on Bayern to win and Lewandowski to score the first goal. We cannot really see anything other than a Bayern win in this game, given the relative form of the two sides. The Reds showed little rustiness in their win over Union Berlin last weekend, and we expect their march to the title to continue pretty much unhindered this Saturday, especially as they are at home. Our prediction for the game is that Bayern will win by at least two clear goals and that Lewandowski will score at least once.