FC Ausburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups, and ones to watch
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Augsburg will welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the WWK Arena in what is a crucial match as Augsburg continue to fight to avoid relegation. 

Augsburg go into the match having suffered a humiliating three-goal to one defeat away at TSG Hoffenheim that finds them in a perilous position at the bottom of the table.

However, a victory on Sunday could vastly improve their predicament and could find themselves as high as 13th place leapfrogging teams such as VFL Wolfsburg. However, should Augsburg lose there is a possibility that if results don’t go their way they could find themselves in a dire 17th and losing pace of the teams above them.

Meanwhile, Frankfurt come into the match having let a two-goal lead slip at home to Borussia Dortmund last weekend, with them coming away with no points. The result means Frankfurt still find themselves in 8th place three points off the champions league places.

A victory for Frankfurt means that they could find themselves as high as fourth place leapfrogging teams such as Bayer Leverkusen in the Race for European Football.

However, should they lose they could find themselves as low down as tenth and not keeping pace with the teams above them in the race for European football next season. 

Team news

Augsburg head coach Markus Weinzierl has only got several injury concerns going into the match on Sunday. Goalkeeper Tomáš Koubek, Mads Pedersen, and Tobias Strobl are definitely going to miss the game while Alfreð Finnbogason and Jeffrey Gouweleeuw are also doubts to be involved.

Meanwhile, Frankfurt head coach Oliver Glasner has got a substantial injury list ahead of the match. Aymen Barkok, Danny Da CostaJens Petter HaugeChristopher Lenz are all set to miss the match while first-choice goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and talisman Fillip Kostic will also both miss out after getting covid.

Augsburg: Gikiewicz, Gumny, Oxford, Uduokhai, Iago, Caligiuri, Maier, Dorsch, Vargas, Hahn, Gregoritsch

Eintracht Frankfurt: Ramaj, Tuta, Hasebe, Hinteregger, Chandler, Rode,Jakic, N’Dicka, Lindstrom, Kamada, Borre

Players to watch

Michael Gregoritsch

Augsburg have been searching all season for a consistent scorer and they will be hoping that new signing Ricardo Pepi can be that for them, however, he is still young and will probably need time to settle in which means it will be up to Michael Gregoritsch to provide the goals until Pepi is ready.

Gregoritsch has scored three goals this season and is the joint top scorer with Florian Niedelechtner. It means Augsburg will be hoping that Gregoritsch can help them win on Sunday.

Rafael Borre

Frankfurt have relyed all season on talismanic winger Kostic in order to provide their creative spark however he set to miss out the match on Sunday which means Frankfurt will have to rely on Rafael Borré.

Borre is the clubs top scorer with seven goals as well as having four assists to his name and with the absence of Kostic, he will need to be in his best form to help Frankfurt win on Sunday. 

Last time out

The last time these two faced each other was a lackluster match where neither side managed to score a goal.

The match started off at a slow tempo with both teams giving away silly needless fouls. Frankfurt got their first chance of the match in the 11th minute. Borré received the ball in the box and unleashed a venomous left-footed shot towards the goal however it was blocked.

Frankfurt continued to push and push in the first half but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. Their best chance came in the 38th minute. Borre received the ball from a corner before laying it off Hauge whose right-footed shot from the center of the box was brilliantly saved by the Augsburg goalkeeper.

The second half started in the way the first half ended with Frankfurt pushing for a goal. Frankfurt got their first chance of the second half in the 55th minute. Jesper Lindstrom did brilliant work in midfield before sliding a ball down the left-hand side to Kotsic, however, his shot was brilliantly saved by the keeper.

Augsburg finally created a chance in the 59th minute. Carlos Gruezo received the ball in Frankfurt's final third and brilliantly beat a few defenders before unleashing a ferocious strike towards the Frankfurt goal however it narrowly went over the crossbar.

 

Frankfurt should have won the match in the 83rd minute. Kostic received the ball from a corner before whipping a hazardous ball into the box that was begging for someone to head it into the goal. However, Obite Evan Ndicka miscued his header and it sailed just wide of the left-hand post.

How to watch

Unfortunately, the match will not be shown live in the UK however fans in the US can watch it on ESPN+.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obite Evan Ndicka

 

 

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