Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt predictions for Saturday’s afternoon kick-off in the Bundesliga.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Reason For Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt Betting Tips
Expectations for Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt couldn’t have been further from the opposite on the opening day of the new season. Leverkusen, who were aiming for top 4 and Champions League qualification, are enduring one of their worst seasons ever (only in the 1981/82 and 1982/83 seasons did Bayer have more defeats at this stage). Meanwhile, Frankfurt, who narrowly avoided the drop in the relegation playoffs last season, are enjoying their best performance in the Bundesliga for 24 years. Dreams of potential European qualification would certainly be justified.
Niko Kovac’s Frankfurt have undergone a complete overhaul since their poor 2015/2016 campaign and Eintracht’s clear strength this season has been in their stellar defensive form – Frankfurt currently hold the 2nd best defensive record in the Bundesliga (just 15 goals conceded). Though Eintracht Frankfurt have only averaged 0.9 goals scored per match on the road, the visitors hold the 4th best away record in the top flight (W4 D2 L4) thanks to their solidity at the back, which has seen them keep a clean sheet in 40% of their away matches so far.
Leverkusen have been inconsistent at home and the definite absence of star midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu (6 goals and 5 assists) and potential absence of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (see team news) should put a dent in their attacking form. Hernandez has struggled in recent weeks, with just one goal in his last 12 Bundesliga outings, so Frankfurt shouldn’t have too much to fear even if he is fit for Saturday. While Bayer Leverkusen score the majority of their goals at home in the second half (69%), Frankfurt have, notably, conceded just two of their eight goals on the road in the last 45 minutes (25%). Frankfurt should control the match from a defensive standpoint, especially against a weakened Bayer Leverkusen offence, which means odds of 11/8 on Bayer Leverkusen to not score in the 2nd half hold some decent value.
Regarding a correct score bet, with the hosts weakened going forward and Frankfurt having the added strain of a mid-week DFB Pokal match, we feel this is set up to be a boring affair. As such, a 0-0 draw at 17/2 with bet365 should be a decent shout here.
Head to Head
Eintracht Frankfurt won 2-1 at home to Leverkusen when the sides last met in September 2016. Leverkusen have won 16, drawn, 9, and lost 6 of the 31 matches at home to Frankfurt.
Bayer Leverkusen Team News
Bayer Leverkusen will be without star midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, who has been banned for four months for a breach of contract with Turkish side Trabszonspor. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who picked up an injury in training during the week, Karim Bellarabi and center backs Jonathan Tah and Aleksandar Dragovic are also all doubtful.
Eintracht Frankfurt Team News
Frankfurt have a few absences to report: from the defense, Marco Russ (centre back), Bamba Anderson (centre back) are doubtful. Slobodan Medojevic (defensive midfield), Marco Fabian (attacking midfielder) and Marc Stendera (central midfield) are also all doubtful from the middle of the park. Keeper Lukas Hradecky returns from suspension.
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Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt Stats
Frankfurt have conceded just 2 of their 8 goals on the road in the second half (25%). Frankfurt have kept a clean sheet in 40% and won to nil in 30% of their away matches.