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Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt (Sun 5pm)
Borussia Dortmund put in an encouraging performance away at RB Leipzig last Saturday, only to follow it up by taking a step back against sister club RB Salzburg in the Europa League.
“The problem was that we allowed our opponent to grow in belief as the game went on,” said Marcel Schmelzer after their 2-1 defeat.
“We are lacking a lot of precision in our game especially when it comes to the final ball.”
Coach Peter Stöger mused: “It’s hard to say whether it’s down to the fact that our players have had to play a lot of games in recent weeks but it’s certainly not pleasing.”
The one positive for Dortmund was that Marco Reus managed to come through a full ninety minutes, seemingly unscathed, for the first time since he returned from injury last month. Whether he’ll be risked from the start against Frankfurt is as a result questionable.
The visitors start the weekend in fourth, just one place behind Dortmund, in their best Bundesliga season in 24 years, challenging for an unlikely Champions League place.
The away form of Niko Kovac’s side remains one of the best in the division despite disappointing defeats in recent trips to Augsburg and Stuttgart. In both of those games though, they conceded early and couldn’t use the lion’s share of possession that they had effectively enough.
Dortmund’s recent problems going forward are perhaps highlighted by the fact that Michy Batshuayi, after a blistering start, has now gone five games without a goal, with chances at a premium.
Frankfurt are renowned for their good organisation and if they remain patient and wait for their chance, they could be rewarded on Sunday.
- Dortmund 1, Eintracht 1 (13-2, Unibet)
- Boateng to score first (13-1, Unibet)
- Eintracht double chance (32-25, Unibet)
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