Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – In terms of football, nobody can promise a treat, but it will definitely be a duel of the kilometer eaters: In today’s Friday game (8:30 p.m. / DAZN) in the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt and Arminia Bielefeld will meet the two teams with the strongest runs so far each other this season. The Eintracht team reeled off an average of 118.3 kilometers per game, Arminia even 119.3.
For Frankfurt, bottom of the table, it’s about landing the first win of the second half of the season at the third attempt and keeping up with the Europa League places. Although Bielefeld comes as a relegation candidate on the relegation place, but is unbeaten in four games. “We’re in the middle of the race to stay in the class. We had to do something to get this position, we had to work for it,” said trainer Frank Kramer.
Kramer does not want to classify the most recent 2: 2 against the bottom Greuther Fürth last Sunday as a setback. “All these arithmetic games don’t help for the next task. We’re focusing on Frankfurt now,” said the East Westphalian coach. Eight points from the last four games have boosted the underdog’s confidence. “We want to keep giving our best in every game and then we’ll still be eligible for points,” said Kramer.
His Frankfurt colleague Oliver Glasner can probably rely on goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and winger Filip Kostic, who recently had to pause due to a corona infection. “We have a lot of respect for Bielefeld. Bielefeld is very strong and has robust offensive players, as well as speed in the half positions,” said the Austrian. Bielefeld can plan again with striker Fabian Klos after the suspension has expired. In addition, midfielder Gonzalo Castro, who switched to Arminia during the winter break, is a candidate for the starting eleven after short appearances.
Eintracht lost 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund at the start of the year and then played 1-1 at FC Augsburg. However, Eintracht is unbeaten against Bielefeld in eight games (three wins and five draws).
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