Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Predictions & Odds
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- Bayern Munich beat Union Berlin last time out to remain four points clear at the top
- Eintracht has been tumbling down the table and is not completely clear of relegation worries
- Bayern will have too much for its upcoming opponent in all departments
|What||Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Where||Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany|
|When||Saturday, 23 May 2020, 12:30 PM EST|
|How to watch||Stream live on bet365 NJ, Fox Sports,Stream live on DraftKings|
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It will take more than a three-month break and enforced quarantine to derail Bayern Munich. The league champion continued as if it was business as usual when the Bundesliga resumed last weekend, easing past Union Berlin 2-0.
It was a comfortable victory for Bayern against a team that had been predicted to cause them a few problems. Union had scored in all but five of their previous 25 outings this season, but the host was unable to breach Bayern’s backline.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s side is the favorite to lift the title this term, and it is difficult to envision Eintracht putting a dent in that ambition when the two teams lock horns on Saturday.
A 3-1 loss at home to Borussia Monchengladbach is no disgrace in isolation, but the cold, hard fact is that Frankfurt has now lost four games on the bounce and is suddenly just five points clear of the relegation play-off place.
Whether or not it is possible for a team’s good or bad form to continue after a three-month pause, Eintracht is starting to look nervously over its shoulder. A trip to Allianz Arena is not what they need right now, and it is difficult to see them taking anything from the home of the league leaders.
Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt Odds
|Bayern Munich to win and both teams to score||Odds|
Odds taken from bet365 NJ, May 19.
A Robert Lewandowski penalty and Benjamin Pavard header earned Bayern all three points against Union Berlin. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of its triumph was how well the defense held up.
Four of Union’s nine shots were from outside the box, and only two of their efforts found the target. That shows how well Bayern did to hold its opponent at arm’s length.
No team has conceded fewer goals than Bayern in the Bundesliga this season. What’s more, Flick’s men have now kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, successfully shutting out Chelsea, Hoffenheim, Schalke, Augsburg, and Union. The smart money is on them doing the same when Eintracht comes to town this weekend.
Bayern Rediscovers Solidity in Title Charge
There was a time in the early months of the season that Bayern’s grip on the Bundesliga title appeared to be loosening. The Munich-based giant has finished top of the table in Germany’s top flight in each of the last seven seasons. But under Niko Kovac last year, Bayern was struggling.
The issues were at both ends of the pitch. Bayern was too reliant on Lewandowski for flashes of individual brilliance upfront. There was little in the way of structured, coordinated attacking soccer.
Equally problematic was the team’s lack of solidity at the back. Bayern kept just two clean sheets in Kovac’s 10 games in charge of this campaign. The Croatian actually lost his job after a 5-1 thrashing by Eintracht – a scoreline that does not look likely to be repeated this weekend.
Flick has improved Bayern in all departments, but the defensive upturn is the most noticeable. In their nine matches since the turn of the year, Bayern has conceded only four goals.
Inconsistent Eintracht Looks Shorn of Confidence
Eintracht has been the Bundesliga’s Jekyll and Hyde team for much of 2019/20. Prior to its current sequence of four consecutive defeats, Frankfurt took 10 points from a possible 12. And before that, the club lost six and drew one of its previous seven outings.
That complicates the task of predicting Eintracht’s results, but it is hard to see them causing Bayern too many problems on Saturday. Granted, they did thrash the champion earlier in the campaign, but that was a very different Bayern side – and Eintracht themselves were in much better form.
Eintracht has conceded 13 goals in its last four games, a figure which does not bode well ahead of a daunting trip to the Allianz Arena.
Bayern is Formidable at Home and Will Be Too Strong for Eintracht
By its own lofty standards, this has been something of a turbulent campaign for Bayern. And yet Germany’s biggest club has still only beaten twice on its own patch, and only one of those defeats came under the management of Flick – a 2-1 reverse against Bayer Leverkusen in December.
Since then Bayern has won five of its six encounters at the Allianz Arena, drawing the other with RB Leipzig. Home advantage, of course, is not quite as strong a phenomenon now that games are being played behind home doors, but factors such as familiarity with the pitch and travel time remain relevant.
Bayern, moreover, is simply a far stronger side. He would never admit it publicly, but Eintracht manager Adi Hutter may already be looking past this game and towards his side’s next assignment against Freiburg.
Take the No option here – Bayern will almost certainly emerge victorious and their defensive numbers suggest that Eintracht will be unable to find a way past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.