Bayer Leverkusen - Eintracht Frankfurt Preview: Werkself aim for top three finish as they host Eagles

Preview ahead of Bayer 04 Leverkusen's clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayer Leverkusen - Eintracht Frankfurt Preview: Werkself aim for top three finish as they host Eagles
Source: Jonny Walsh

Unbeaten in their last three games, Bayer 04 Leverkusen return to the BayArena as they entertain 17th place Eintracht Frankfurt.

Leverkusen back on form

On the back of their away derby win over Köln, Leverkusen have hit serious form, winning their last three Bundesliga matches and conceding no goals in the process. Should Roger Schmidt’s team win on Saturday they could be in contention to go up to 3rd place in the table, on the condition that Hertha Berlin drop points at Hoffenheim.

While Leverkusen’s defence have gone three games without conceding, their attack is also creditable to their run of form, scoring seven goals. The combination of Germans; Karim Bellarabi and Julian Brandt has arguably been the pivotal factor of Leverkusen’s growing success in the second half of the season.

In their last three games, the duo have contributed to four of Leverkusen’s previous seven goals; Brandt scoring three, and Bellarabi scoring one and also assisting three. With the chance to go third after a disappointing season by the club's standards,they will be eager to impress their home support with the possibility of a fourth consecutive win.

Frankfurt flirting with relegation

As for Eintracht Frankfurt, their form is less admirable than that of the hosts; winning one of their previous six games, scoring just two goals. With their goal scoring abilities seriously weak, their defensive record over the last six is another problem the club are dealing with; conceding nine in their previous six matches.

With just six wins in total this season, it is no surprise that Niko Kovac’s team are glaring relegation in the face. A positive note for Frankfurt is that a win in Leverkusen on Saturday, could lift the side out of the bottom three, IF Werder Bremen and FC Augsburg are to drop points.

Javier Hernandez is hoping to find form once again. | Photo: kicker - Getty Images
Javier Hernandez is hoping to find form once again. | Photo: kicker - Getty Images

Team News

Following his red card at Koln last weekend, in form full back Wendell will miss the game due to suspension. Fellow defender, Andre Ramalho will also miss the game due to suspension after picking up his 5th booking of the season.

Striker Alexander Meier remains to be a doubt for Frankfurt, while Stefan Reinartz has been ruled out due to illness.

Predicted line-ups

Leverkusen: Leno; Jedvaj, Boeder, Tah, Donati; Kramer, Yurchenko; Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Brandt; Chicharito

Frankfurt: Hradecky; Chandler, Abraham, Oczipka, Zambrano, Djakpa; Aigner, Huszti, Hasebe, Ben-Hatira; Seferovic

With crucial points up for grabs for both teams, the game is set up to be an interesting contest with two teams in opposite ends of the form spectrum.