Two sides that have made similar starts to the season meet at the Commerzbank-Arena this Sunday, as Eintracht Frankfurt face Fortuna Dusseldorf. After two games played in the Bundesliga, the two sides sit on three points after both taking one win and one defeat from their first two games, with both suffering losses in their previous outings. Frankfurt made light work of their opponents last season, beating them 7-1 and 3-0.
After making a strong start to the season, Eintracht Frankfurt find themselves heading into this fixture having lost back-to-back fixtures. Over the last four games, the hosts have secured two wins as well as two defeats. Eintracht’s first win came in the Europa League against FC Vaduz, who they beat 1-0. Then they went up against Hoffenheim for game one of the season and a single goal from Martin Hinteregger secured the three points. They could not extend their winning streak in the following fixture against Strasbourg though, who beat them 1-0, and then RB Leipzig went onto win 2-1 in their Bundesliga clash last Sunday.
Despite losing their previous game, Fortuna Dusseldorf have been enjoying a good run of form which extends into their pre-season schedule. Over the last five fixtures, Fortuna have lost just one game whilst securing four wins. The first of their wins saw them secure a huge 15-1 win against Benrath, before securing back-to-back 3-1 wins against FC 08 Villingen and Werder Bremen. TuRu Dusseldorf were the next side to suffer a loss to Fortuna, losing 4-2, though they could not make it five wins from five against Bayer Leverkusen, who eased to a 3-1 win on matchday two of the season last weekend.
Eintracht Frankfurt dominated this encounter last season, winning 7-1 at home and then 3-0 on their away trip. Despite making a slow start to the season, with the home advantage they should be able to secure three points.
Eintracht Frankfurt ripped apart their opponent’s defence last season, scoring ten goals in two meetings.
Fortuna have only beaten their opponents once out of the six times they’ve faced one another, whilst losing on three occasions.
3.8 goals are scored on average per match between these sides.
Fortuna Dusseldorf have been involved in games where both teams have scored in their last five matches.
The hosts are likely to stick with their preferred 3-4-1-2 formation on Sunday, which is the same set up we saw face and lose to RB Leipzig. Gonçalo Paciência started upfront alongside Dejan Joveljić last time out and after bagging himself his first goal of the season, you can expect to see the same partnership once again. Eintracht Frankfurt will be without Djibril Sow, Ante Rebic and Mijat Gacinovic through injury.
Fortuna Dusseldorf will be without defender Kasim Nuhu Adams this weekend after the player picked up a knock in his previous outing. Fortuna could be strengthened by the arrival of Nana Ampomah, who recently returned to first-team training. Other players that will be missing from their side this weekend include Raphael Wolf, Aymen Barkok and Kevin Stoger.