Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Allianz Arena, Munich
Saturday, 23-05-2020 @7:30pm
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich return to action on Saturday evening at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bayern have been magnificent under Hansi Flick with a 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach way back in December being the last time they faced defeat in any competition.
Unbeaten in 14 Bundesliga games, the defending champions returned to action following the end of the COVID-19 enforced break on football with a 2-0 win at Union Berlin last week.
Frankfurt, on the other hand, are in all sorts of troubles having managed just 8 wins in 25 Bundesliga games so far this season.
Five of those wins had come in their first 10 games, meaning the Eagles have won a mere 3 of their last 15 league outings and returned to action last week with a 3-1 loss to Gladbach, their fourth defeat on the bounce.
However, manager Ask Hutter still retains the support of the board and he will hope to pay them back in kind.
The reverse fixture, played at the Commerzbank-Arena in November last year, ended in a shock 5-1 win for Eintracht Frankfurt, in what proved to be the last game as the Bayern Munich manager for Niko Kovac.
Robert Lewandowski used the two-month hiatus to overcome a knee injury and looked sharp on his return to action last week, so the division’s leading scorer will likely retain his place. Indeed, with Philippe Coutinho and Corentin Tolisso the only confirmed injury absentees for Bayern, Flick is expected to keep changes to a minimum on Saturday. Should Flick wish to freshen things up, though, Kingsley Coman and Ivan Perisic are both pushing for recalls after being brought off the bench last time out.
As for the visitors, Dominik Kohr is suspended and centre-forward Goncalo Paciencia has been ruled out with a thigh injury. However, Timothy Chandler is in contention to start this weekend’s match, while Bas Dost got 90 minutes under his belt in the 3-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach last week.
The other Bundesliga games this weekend
-Monchengladbach vs Leverkusen @4:30pm
-Freiburg vs Bremen @4:30pm
-Paderbon vs Hoffenheim @4:30pm
-Wolfsburg vs Dortmund @4:30pm
-Schalke vs Augsburg @2:30pm
-Mainz vs Leipzig @4:30pm
-Koln vs Dusseldorf @7pm
Friday, 22-05-2020 result
-Hertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin