Eintracht Frankfurt vs Wolfsburg: Probable Lineups, Match Stats and LIVE Blog!
Max Kruse has seven career goals against Eintracht Frankfurt before returning to it with Wolfsburg on Saturday (kick-off: 3.30pm CET).
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Frankfurt kicked off their season with a 3-2 win at VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 21, keeping them among a group of clubs chasing European football next season in what promises to be one of the tightest races ever recorded. With that in mind, back-to-back wins will be Oliver Glasner’s priority as he prepares to welcome his former club to Deutsche Bank Park. Filip Kostic has recovered from the flu and the man who has provided seven assists so far this season is set to be reinstated on the left wing, while Djibril Sow is also back in full training and set to return to the midfield, where captain Sebastian Rode is also expected to start. There remains a question mark over the fitness of Daichi Kamada, who missed the Stuttgart game with a pulled thigh, with Ajdin Hrustic on standby.
Wolves ended an 11-game winless streak last weekend to avoid the ignominy of a club-record 13-game winless streak, with winter signings Kruse and Jonas Wind making an immediate impression. The biggest impact of that 4-1 win over Greuther Fürth, however, came from Aster Vranckx, with the Belgian scoring his first goals in German football. He’s been ably backed up by Renato Steffen on the left wing and the two are set to keep their places again, with Wind starting up front and Kruse – who is looking to open his account for Wolves in this, his second stint with the club – keen to continue his excellent goalscoring record against the Eagles. No changes are expected from the side that beat Fürth, although Micky van de Ven is out for that game and potentially the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.
Look: Wolfsburg 4-1 Greuther Furth – highlights
- Eintracht winger Filip Kostic has registered three goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season. Only Rafael Borre (six goals, four assists) has been directly involved in so many goals for Oliver Glasner’s side.
- Despite missing two of the last three games, Kostic still leads the league in crosses (122).
- The Eagles have more away wins (five) than home wins (three) in the current campaign, also losing their last two at Deutsche Bank Park.
- Wolfsburg striker Max Kruse has scored in his last three games against Eintracht. He struck five times against them in three games for Union Berlin, but never finished on the winning side (D1, L2).
- Wolves have won four of their last five away games against Eintracht in the Bundesliga – although they lost the most recent 4-3. Their nine Frankfurt wins are the most they have away from home at any current top team.
- Florian Kohfeldt’s side, however, have lost their last four away matches in the Bundesliga without scoring a single goal.
The probable compositions
Frankfurt: Trapp–Chandler, Tuta, N’Dicka, Lenz–Sow, Rode (c)–Lindstrom, Kamada, Kostic–Borre
Outside: Ache (muscle), Hasebe (ribs), Ramaj (knee)
Coach: Olivier Glasner
Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) – Lacroix, Bornauw, Brooks – Baku, Arnold, Gerhardt, Steffen – Kruse, Vranckx – Vent
Outside: Otavio (knee), Schlager (knee), Van de Ven (thigh), William (knee)
Doubtful: L. Nmecha (ankle)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt