Frankfurt - Union Berlin

Germany: Bundesliga
Frankfurt A. Silva (2), R. Andrich (35), F. Kostić (39), A. Silva (41), T. Chandler (90)
Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt am Main)5-2
Union Berlin M. Kruse (7), M. Kruse (45)

Door open for Timothy Chandler start against Union?

By Peter Vice

The surprise scorer of four goals in a four-match-stretch last season has barely featured for Eintracht Frankfurt this year. 

SGE trainer Adi Hütter may nevertheless look to dust off an old hand against FC Union Berlin this weekend. 

Timothy Chandler.
Timothy Chandler.Photo: IIJ Events / CC-BY-SA-2.0

Of his six appearances this season, Timothy Chandler only received enough action to merit a graded section once. The 30-year-old earned his lone start of the year deployed as a left-wing attacker against Bayern München. Chandler lasted only the first half in the eventual 0-5 rout.

The dual German-US international who earned so much praise and admiration from his teammates during his form surge last year has, thus far, been kept out of the position in the SGE XI where he so unexpectedly thrived some twelve months ago.

Another surprise veteran comebacker, Erik Durm, has functioned well on the right Eintracht attacking flank. Aymen Barkok has also often worked well on the wings, though he was far more productive deputizing for Filip Kostic on the left.

Injuries and suspensions may open the door back up for Chandler this weekend. Durm has been ruled out indefinitely with a hip flexor. Further injury problems on the right (fullback Almamy Touré's absence) look to cause further headaches for Eintracht's Austrian head-coach.

A three-man backline remains Hütter's preferred deployment. Even this may not be possible as the rightward-slanted center-halve, Lucas Silva "Tuta" Melo, must sit the upcoming encounter out on yellow-card accumulation. Amin Younes is suspended on the same grounds.

Bundesliga watchers will hence observe something creative and interesting tactics-wise from the SGE this round. Given Daichi Kamada's struggles on the right this past weekend, it is unlikely that the Japanese international will retain his placement.

While Barkok and Steven Zuber are still candidates for the wings, Chandler could conceivably serve on the back-line. Defensive anchor Martin Hinteregger remains questionable due to a fascia strain.

Hütter desperately needs experience in defense. The most straightforward option would be to move captain Makoto Hasebe back to pair with the very in-form Stefan Ilsanker at center-back. Chandler and Evan N'dicka would then work as the fullbacks in a back-four.

1Kevin Trapp
3Stefan Ilsanker
20Makoto Hasebe (C)
2Evan N'Dicka
27Aymen Barkok ↩77
8Djibril Sow
17Sebastian Rode
10Filip Kostić
15Daichi Kamada ↩90
33André Silva ↩77
9Luka Jović ↩77
23Marcus Schubert
40Elias Jona Bördner
21Ragnar Ache ↪77
30Jetro Willems
7Ajdin Hrustic ↪90
11Steven Zuber ↪77
22Timothy Chandler ↪77
Union Berlin
1Andreas Luthe
5Marvin Friedrich
31Robin Knoche
4Nico Schlotterbeck
28Christopher Trimmel (C)
21Grischa Prömel ↩71
30Robert Andrich
32Marcus Ingvartsen ↩61
6Julian Ryerson ↩83
9Joel Pohjanpalo ↩61
10Max Kruse
20Loris Karius
8Leon Dajaku
15Marius Bülter ↪83
18Keita Endo ↪61
24Petar Musa
36Cedric Teuchert ↪61
19Florian Hübner
33Sebastian Griesbeck ↪71
34Christian Gentner

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