Leipzig's busy schedule will come to an end this Saturday against new Bundesliga arrivals, Frankfurt. Die Roten Bullen kick off at 15:30 (CEST) against Eintracht to conclude a period of three matches in seven days. Here is the lowdown on this weekend's opponents.
7 POINTS IN 5 GAMES:
Frankfurt started the season slowly, kept at bay against SC Freiburg in a 0-0 draw and then losing at home to Wolfsburg on the secondmatchday, that match finished 0-1. It was the 1-0 away win to Gladbach that marked the turning point in the season so far. The Eagles may have defeated 2-1 by Augsburg, but the Eagles turned things around in the next match, defeating Köln 1-0. Frankfurt now lie in 10th position in the Bundesliga, once behind Leipzig.
Matchday 1: SC Freiburg - Eintract Frankfurt 0-0
Matchday 2: Eintracht Frankfurt - VfL Wolfsburg 1-2
Matchday 3: Borussia M'Gladbach - Eintract Frankfurt 0-1
Matchday 4: Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Augsburg 1-2
Matchday 5: 1. FC Köln - Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1
Frankfurt head coach Kov and his flexibility
Niko Kovac has proved in the past seasons how quickly he could unite a team as Croatia national head coach. The Eagles have been using a 3-5-2 system this season but changed to a 4-2-3-1 formation for the Köln game. Their new strike partnership Sebastian Haller and Kevin Prince Boateng have been invovled in two of the three goals Frankfurt have scored this season.
Last season's head-to-head
Leipzig were undefeated against Frankfurt last season, winning 3-0 at home with goals from Marvin Compper and Timo Werner, as well as an own goal from Jesus Vallejo. Frankfurt had goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky sent off early on.
On the last day of the season, four goals were shared in a 2-2 draw. Die Roten Bullen took an early lead through Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen, but Frankfurt equalised in the last minute.
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Frankfurt dangerous away from home:
Both Frankfurt's wins this season have come away from home and both by 1-0 margins. Boateng scored the winner against Gladbach, while Sebastian Hallar scored against Köln. Eintracht drew against Frankfurt on the opening day of the season, meaning they are undefeated in their away encounters.
Long-term injuries to deal with:
Despite a big squad, Niko Kovac has five long-term injuries in his team. Particularly difficult are those to midfield maestro Omar Mascarell, Marco Fabian and team icon Alexander Meier.
Goals for the new strikers:
Alongside Boateng and Haller, Luka Jovic, who signed from Lisbon, has also got off the mark. The 19-year old Serb was on load for two seasons at Benfica and scored against Augsburg on his return to the club.
Frankfurt have shown a tendency to build from the back in past seasons. It is not surprising then that the backline of captain David Abraham and new signing Simon Falette have had the most touches of the entire team.