Hoffenheim travel to Frankfurt in desperate need of a result, having won just once in their previous seven Bundesliga games. On the other hand, Frankfurt are looking to climb back into the Champions League places.
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Frankfurt sit only behind Bayern in goals scored this season and have been riding high in all competitions as of late. They are having some issues on the left between Christopher Lenz's injury and Luca Pellegrini's form, which could give way to a start for Ansgar Knauff.
Daichi Kamada is expected to return from an illness to complete the nearly unstoppable trio of Mario Götze and Randal Kolo Muani up front. With Eintracht's talented squad, they have an excellent chance of securing a place in the top four by the end of the season.
On Matchday 14, former defender Martin Hinteregger is returning to the Deutsch Bank Park and will be honored for his time spent at the club.
Oliver Glasner shared that, “We’re in a good spell, the team are making a good impression. We’re up against technically strong opponents in Hoffenheim. We want to impose our strengths so that we get the next three points.”
Lenz and Makoto Hasebe are still injured, while Glasner has ruled out Sebastian Rode as a precaution with a calf problem.
Hoffenheim are a bit battered in league play and have only been victorious in one of their last seven league matches. Munas Dabbur's injury doesn't help at all, as he's been their most efficient goal-scorer up to this point.
Andre Breitenreiter has a lot of work to do, but the squad is still extremely talented. Veteran Andrej Kramaric will likely reclaim his starting spot once again and Georginio Rutter is one of more exciting offensive talents around.
They've dropped to 9th in the table and face a difficult task trying to claim at least a point away against an in-form Frankfurt side.
In his press conference, Breitenreiter stated, "The results in the past few weeks aren't representative (of our performances), we're short a good five points. But as I see it, how the lads conduct themselves and work in training, I am sure we will once again get some luck."
Ihlas Bebou, Benjamin Hübner, Grischa Prömel and Dabbur remain sidelined with injuries.