Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Mönchengladbach preview: Can Hütter beat his former side?
By Ben Sully @SullyBen
Former Eintracht Frankfurt head coach will take his Borussia Mönchengladbach side to Deutsche Bank Park on Sunday to face Oliver Glasner's Europa League finalists.
|Adi Hütter.||Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach|
Eintracht Frankfurt will be in a celebratory mood on Sunday after they secured their passage to the Europa League final.
A Rafael Borre goal helped Die Adler beat West Ham United 1-0 on Thursday, with the 3-1 aggregate victory sealing Frankfurt's place in Seville. Glasner's side will head to Andalusia in the middle of May to face Rangers in the final, but before they focus on that momentous occasion, Die Adler will wrap up the Bundesliga season with two games against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Mainz.
Frankfurt's only chance of featuring in European competition next season is by winning the Champions League after enduring an underwhelming Bundesliga campaign.
The hosts enter Sunday's contests in 13th place, and they will be aiming to end a six-game winless league run when they face Gladbach on Sunday. Die Adler do have the chance to claim a league double over Die Fohlen after winning 3-2 in the reverse fixture.
Martin Hinteregger was forced off against West Ham in the second leg, and it has since been confirmed that the defender will miss the rest of the season due to a muscle injury. Glasner has also hinted that Rafael Borre and Jens Petter Hauge will not be risked, while Jesper Lindstrøm and Diant Ramaj will also miss out.
Gladbach are set to head into the summer break with significant momentum after enjoying a positive run of results. Die Fohlen have lost just one of their last seven matches, while they have the chance to clinch back-to-back victories after beating RB Leipzig last weekend.
Breel Embolo saw his effort cancelled out by Christopher Nkunku before Jonas Hofmann restored Gladbach's lead over Leipzig in first half stoppage time. It seemed as though their hopes of claiming all three points were dealt a blow when Nico Elvedi was given his marching orders, but Hofmann struck again to guide Gladbach to a 3-1 victory.
Die Fohlen sit just one clear of their opponents in 11th place, and former Frankfurt boss Hütter will be hoping to get one over his old side on Sunday.
Gladbach are currently unbeaten in their last three away games, while they have managed to score at least two goals in each of their previous four away trips.
Christoph Kramer, Lászlo Bénes and Marcus Thuram are all sidelined due to injury issues, while Elvedi and Kouadio Koné are suspended for Sunday's contest.