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Oct 3, 2020 at 2.30pm UK at Commerzbank-Arena
FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt
2-1
HoffenheimHoffenheim
Kamada (54'), Dost (71')
Rode (35'), Zuber (52')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Kramaric (18')
Geiger (41'), Grillitsch (56'), Posch (83')

Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hoffenheim - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim, including team news and predicted lineups.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim will both endeavour to keep their strong starts to the Bundesliga season going when the two sides lock horns at the Deutsche Bank Park on Saturday afternoon.

Frankfurt enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin last time out, while Hoffenheim marched to a historic 4-1 win over champions Bayern Munich.


Match preview

Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Adi Hutter pictured in March 2020© Reuters

Having been held to a 1-1 draw by newly-promoted Arminia Bielefeld in the opening gameweek of the season, Frankfurt managed to get their campaign up and running with a comfortable win over Hertha Berlin last Friday.

Martin Hinteregger's own goal was the only dampening aspect of that victory, with Andre Silva, Bas Dost and Sebastian Rode all netting at the correct end of the pitch for Adi Hutter's men in gameweek two.

Die Adler were full value for their first victory of the season and will look to keep that momentum going as they return to familiar surroundings, where they managed to overcome Hoffenheim 1-0 last season.

However, the visitors are sure to be heading into this game with an equal or greater amount of confidence after they sent shockwaves throughout the footballing world with their performance against Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Hoffenheim manager Sebastian Hoeness celebrates with his players after their victory over Bayern Munich on September 27, 2020© Reuters

Bundesliga and Champions League winners Bayern Munich put eight past an out-of-sorts Schalke side upon their return to top-flight action, and the Hoffenheim faithful would have certainly been expecting an onslaught from the champions in gameweek two.

However, the Bavarian giants were humbled by Sebastian Hoeness's men, who ran out 4-1 winners courtesy of goals from Ermin Bicakcic, Munas Dabbur and a double from Andrej Kramaric, who now boasts five strikes from two games.

Bayern had not suffered defeat in the German top flight since December before taking on Die Kraichgauer, who currently sit top of the table at this very early stage of the campaign.

Augsburg are the only other side who have taken maximum points thus far, although Hoffenheim are now facing a Frankfurt side whom they are winless against since 2017, and Die Adler have prevailed in the last four meetings between the two clubs.

Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga form: DW
Eintracht Frankfurt form (all competitions): WDW

Hoffenheim Bundesliga form: WW
Hoffenheim form (all competitions): WWW


Team News

Filip Kostic celebrates scoring for Eintracht Frankfurt on April 18, 2019© Reuters

Frankfurt's Filip Kostic had to be forced off in the victory over Hertha and will play no part in this one, meaning that Steven Zuber will deputise on the left-hand side for the next few weeks.

Evan N'Dicka is out for the long term, while Jetro Willems is back in training but will not be ready for the weekend.

Other than that, few changes are expected from last weekend's victorious side, with Almamy Toure set to keep his place on the right over Danny da Costa.

As for Hoffenheim, Hoeness will already be forced into one change from the win over Bayern, with Bicakcic being subbed off before half time after netting his side's opener.

The club have since confirmed that the Bosnian will be out for several months after tearing his ACL, so Kevin Akpoguma will likely move back into Hoffenheim's three-man defence.

Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup:
Trapp; Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger; Toure, Ilsanker, Rode, Zuber; Kamada; Silva, Dost

Hoffenheim possible starting lineup:
Baumann; Vogt, Akpoguma, Posch; Kaderabek, Samassekou, Geiger, Skov; Baumgartner; Kramaric, Dabbur


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We say: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Hoffenheim

It remains to be seen whether or not Hoffenheim's memorable victory against Bayern Munich was nothing more than a fluke, but if last weekend's performance is anything to go by, Hoeness and his players ought to feel capable of beating anyone. Frankfurt have also impressed in the opening stages of the new campaign and boast a strong recent record against their opponents, so we expect the two sides to play out a high-scoring draw on Saturday.


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2Bayern MunichBayern54012281412
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4Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen52306339
5Stuttgart522110648
6Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach52218808
7Werder Bremen52217708
8Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt522179-28
9Hoffenheim52129727
10Wolfsburg51404317
11Augsburg52126607
12Union BerlinUnion Berlin51318626
13Freiburg513169-36
14Arminia Bielefeld511348-44
15Hertha Berlin5104912-33
16FC Koln502359-42
17Schalke 04Schalke5014219-171
18Mainz 055005415-110

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