1. FC Nürnberg (1) - (1) Eintracht Frankfurt Preview: Do or die for both teams in battle for Bundesliga berth

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1. FC Nürnberg (1) - (1) Eintracht Frankfurt Preview: Do or die for both teams in battle for Bundesliga berth
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It may be another meaningless Monday for most people, but the Frankenstadion will be alive and kicking late into the evening.

1. FC Nürnberg welcome Eintracht Frankfurt for the second and final leg of their play-off to see who earns a place in the 2016-17 Bundesliga season.

With the tie currently level at one-all, it's all to play for in Franconia.

Finely poised after first-leg draw

Nürnberg bucked their usual trend of leaving the scoring until the second half, as Marco Russ' unfortunate own goal gave René Weiler's side the lead.

Mijat Gacinovic responded with a fine piece of control and trickery to restore parity; neither side were able to grab the all-important winner.

Away goals don't count in the play-offs and so this is as evenly-matched as it could be, but does home advantage put the ball in Weiler's court?

Niko Kovac fielded a very attacking team at home and it looks like the gung-ho approach will be deployed again away from the Commerzbank Arena.

Alex Meier may have won the topscorer award last year, but a goal in this game could prove more valuable than all those that have gone before.

Will either side race away with the tie in Nürnberg?

Tonight's hosts were relatively quiet - in an attacking sense - on Friday evening, but will be hoping that a sold out Frankenstadion can push them on to glory.

Guido Burgstaller will be hugely important to any hopes of securing a return to the Bundesliga; the Austrian has been their livewire this season.

Though their will need to be a considerable rear-guard action to boot with Frankfurt's fearsome front-line always posing a threat.

The likes of Meier, Haris Seferovic and Gacinovic will be out to gun down the hosts early on, killing off any effect the home crowd may have.

Frankfurt will be hoping they can coax more production from Stefan Aigner and Szabolcs Huszti, who couldn't really feed the front pairing with any real regularity.

Can Frankfurt make Marco Russ' unfortunate own-goal meaningless in Nürnberg? | Image source: kicker - Getty Images
Can Frankfurt make Marco Russ' unfortunate own-goal meaningless in Nürnberg? | Image source: kicker - Getty Images

Team news

Only Frankfurt have concern as to what changes they will make, as Russ is suspended for tonight's game and will now focus on his treatment. Nürnberg, on the other hand, had no injury or suspension worries to arise from the game.

As far as a replacement goes, Carlos Zambrano - who has fallen out of favour with Kovac - should part David Abraham at the heart of the Eagles' defence.

Nürnberg may have Zoltan Stieber available for selection again but he is unlikely to dislodge either Sebastian Kerk or Tim Leibold from the side.

Predicted line-ups

1. FC Nürnberg: (4-4-2) Schäfer; Brecko, Bulthuis, Margreitter, Sepsi; Kerk, Petrak, Behrens, Leibold; Füllkrug, Burgstaller.

Eintracht Frankfurt: (4-4-2) Hradecky; Chandler, Zambrano, Abraham, Oczipka; Aigner, Huszti, Hasebe, Gacinovic; Seferovic, Meier.