Eintracht Frankfurt vs SC Freiburg preview: a crucial game for both sides
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On Tuesday, Eintracht Frankfurt host SC Freiburg at 19:30 BST in the first 'Englische Woche' since the league's restart.

The game will be a very important one for both sides. Eintracht remain in a very worrying run of form having now lost their previous five games and suffering a 5-2 battering away to Bayern Munich in which their defence looked weak at best. The Eagles currently sit in 28 points in the table, only a four-point cushion away from the relegation-playoff position currently occupied by Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Amidst calls from supporters for change, including many arguing that it is time for Adi Hütter to leave, Die Adler's form will need to turn around soon or their future in the top-flight is in jeopardy.

Freiburg, however, need to earn the points for a very different reason. With the Champions League places all but mathematically confirmed, there are a number of teams near the top-end of the table who are competing for a spot in the Europa League next year, and Freiburg are one of them.

They currently have 37 points, two behind VfL Wolfsburg who sit in sixth, but that position in the division will be highly contested in the league's run to the end of this season.

Team news

Dominik Kohr will miss Tuesday's match as he is still suspended from a red card he picked up.  Other than Gonçalo Paciência, Adi Hütter confirmed that the rest of his side are fit for the match in his press conference on Monday.

Mark FlekkenYoric Ravet and Lukas Kübler are injured and will miss the game on Tuesday.

Form guide

Eintracht: LLLLLW

Freiburg: LDWLLD

Predicted lineups

Eintracht: Trapp; Toure, Hinterlegter, Ilsanker, Chandler; Rode, Fernandes; Da Costa, Gacinovic, Kostic; Silva

Freiburg: Schwolow; Schmid, Koch, Gulde, Gunter; Grifo, Hofler, Abrashi, Sallai; Petersen, Holer

Ones to watch

Eintracht Frankfurt - Martin Hinteregger

After a good performance in front of goal against FC Bayern Munich last weekend, centre-back Martin Hinteregger is now the club's top scorer.

He is a prominent goalscoring threat from set-pieces for Frankfurt, bolstered by the good inswinging corner deliveries provided by Sebastien Rode.

'Hinti' has netted nine so far in the 2019/20 Bundesliga. However, although good in front of goal, he has left much to be desired at the back, often being beaten by quicker forwards due to the high-pressing nature of his defending that often leaves him higher in the pitch than the rest of the back-line. 

SC Freiburg - Nils Petersen

Freiburg's main forward, Nils Petersen is their obvious threat in front of goal. He has played in that position in eighteen of his games, picking up eight goals and two assists so far in the season.

That makes him the club's top scorer for this campaign, with a contribution of 29% of the team's goals in the Bundesliga this year.

Match prediction

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 SC Freiburg

The last time that the two met, back in November of 2019, Freiburg were 1-0 victors at home in a game that will be remembered for its last-minute antics. Both sides received red cards, but Eintracht found themselves with a second man sent off late on when Captain David Abraham pushed Freiburg's manager over on the sidelines, resulting in a lengthy suspension.

Freiburg have recently been in a weak run of form, especially since the return of football after the break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have only won once in their past six games, against Union Berlin, and suffered a humiliating defeat against 10-man relegation strugglers Werder Bremen on Saturday, with a last-minute goal disallowed. They drew with RB Leipzig on Matchday 26 due to a very bizarre goal from a corner, with RB not switched on and allowing the ball to go directly in.

Frankfurt, although they have left much to be desired recently, did look slightly better in their game against Bayern Munich, playing better going forward than in their first game after the restart. It has to be remembered that last weekend's fixture was against Bayern, and Eintracht were the first side to score against the Bavarians in six matches.

Adi Hütter's side have shown some signs of improvement and coupled with Freiburg's recent dip in form, may be able to pull off their first win in five matches on Tuesday night.

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