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By Jonathan Dicks@Jonathan_Dicks

Frankfurt vs. Wolfsburg preview: Kovac badly needs three points

Niko Kovac’s Wolfsburg head to Frankfurt in dire need of a win after their worst start to league play in club history.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Frankfurt are coming off a rough 3-0 loss to Sporting CP this week, as they play their third straight home match. However, they did destroy Leipzig last weekend in a 4-0 emphatic win.

Randal Kolo Muani has taken over starting striking duties, while Mario Gotze is also playing extremely well in attack. Luca Pellegrini and Kristijan Jakic should continue on the wings, as Christopher Lenz is now out for the foreseeable future.

Gaffer Oliver Glasner explained some potential changes to the squad in his pre-match presser: “Dina Ebimbe has played more for us than he did in the whole calendar year until now. We’ll put Marcel Wenig in the squad. Three at the back is also an option, and we could move Daichi Kamada back like we did at Magdeburg.”
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Lenz, Almamy Toure, Sebastian Rode, Jerome Onguene and Aurelio Buta won’t be in the team.

VfL Wolfsburg

Niko Kovac returns to Frankfurt with his company team sitting 17th in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg’s two points have only come from draws against newly-promoted sides Schalke and Werder Bremen.

The coach will be relying on the likes of Maxence Lacroix and Micky Van de Ven in Wolfsburg's thin center defense that have still only allowed four goals on the season. Max Kruse and Omar Maroush need to start consistently producing on the offensive end or else Kovac’s job could be at serious risk.

In a press conference, Kovac shared that he believes the club are on the right track: “And this path bears fruit. Sometimes a little later, sometimes a little earlier.”
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Patrick Wimmer, Yannick Gerhardt and Jonas Wind are out with injuries, while Jerome Roussilon is unlikely to feature.

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