Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hoffenheim: probable line-ups and match stats


The Eagles are currently in sixth, one place and three points above their visitors, so a home win here could pave the way for a return to the European stage next season.

Head coach Niko Kovac, who this week ruled himself out of the running for the soon-to-be-vacant post at Bayern Munich, will be deprived of a clutch of key players, though.

Ante Rebic tore a calf muscle in the surprise 2-1 reverse against Werder Bremen last week, meaning Mexico international Marco Fabian should come back into the starting line-up, while Carlos Salcedo and Omar Mascarell are also sidelined with injury.

Hoffenheim attackers Serge Gnabry and Mark Uth will be full of confidence coming into this game after each netting a brace in the 6-0 demolition of Cologne on Matchday 28.

Indeed, it was such an impressive team performance that head coach Julian Nagelsmann is not expected to rotate his line-up as they look to pull level with Frankfurt in the standings.

Dennis Geiger and Ermin Bicakcic are the only two players still in the treatment room.

Probable line-ups

Frankfurt: Hradecky – Russ, Hasebe, Abraham (c) – Da Costa, de Guzman, Boateng, Chandler – Wolf – Fabian, Jovic

Absentees: Salcedo (collarbone), Mascarell (foot), Meier (fitness), Mandela (knee)

Coach: Niko Kovac

Hoffenheim: Baumann – Akpoguma, Vogt (c), Hübner – Kaderabek, Grillitsch, Rupp, Schulz – Kramaric, Uth, Gnabry

Absentees: Geiger (thigh), Bicakcic (groin)

Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

Match stats

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng has never been on the losing team against Hoffenheim and has been directly involved in a goal every time he’s played against them.
  • Hoffenheim defender Benjamin Hübner has never lost against Frankfurt and is the son of Eintracht sporting director Bruno Hübner.
  • Serge Gnabry has registered four goals and two assists in his last four outings for Hoffenheim.
  • Frankfurt centre-back David Abraham joined the Eagles from Hoffenheim in 2015.
  • A Hoffenheim victory would see Julian Nagelsmann’s side go level on 45 points with Frankfurt, but above them in the table on goal difference.
  • Eintracht have only won one of their last nine Bundesliga meetings with Hoffenheim, a 3-1 triumph back in May 2015.

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