Schalke 04 vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt will need a victory when they’ll fly at the Veltins Arena to square off against Schalke this Saturday.
With the 2020/21 Bundesliga championship all wrapped up by Bayern Munich, the best of the rest are left to fight for European qualification either in the Champions or Europa League.
The Eagles are placed fifth in the German top-flight standings with 57 points, which is only one point adrift from Borussia Dortmund. And they can move up to fourth assuming everything goes to plan this weekend.
There’s not much to say about Schalke since they simply couldn’t get over their dry spell and the SBOTOP betting odds see this as an easy win for Eintracht Frankfurt.
But while the Eagles are heavily favoured here, there’s no room for complacency if they are to achieve their objective this season.
2020/21 will be a season to forget for Schalke
Schalke’s loss to Arminia Bielefeld last April sealed their first relegation since 1991, but their lacklustre campaign is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Royal Blues, who were Bundesliga runners-up in the 2018, have only won two league games since January 2020 and they were doomed from the start of this season because of poor management.
The Gelsenkirchen-based club has reached the nadir of their existence in as they oversaw five different managers, high-profile resignations, and fan protests over the last 15 months.
Moreover, they are saddled with debt which has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bundesliga 2021 news indicated that Schalke have a massive debt north of 200-M Euros.
Now as they look ahead for next season, Schalke have no choice but to pick up the pieces since they have nowhere to go but up.
Die Knappen have some good pieces that can fast track their recovery and they will be heavily featured in this upcoming contest against Eintracht Frankfurt.
20-year-old Matthew Hoppe is Schalke’s leading scorer with five goals and he’ll be accompanied by Mark Uth and Amine Harit.
Harit just scored his second goal of the season yesterday against Hertha BSC. He is also their top playmaker with five assists.
Eintracht Frankfurt cannot afford to drop more points
The Eagles need to keep their foot on the gas pedal if they are to secure a top four spot in the Bundesliga.
Eintracht Frankfurt have competed in the Europa League during these last few seasons and they would surely love to gauge their strength against the best in the Champions League.
Adi Hutter’s side must focus on putting away their last two opponents in Schalke and SC Freiburg. Both of the said clubs haven’t been at their best lately, which boosts their Bundesliga 2021 odds to accomplish their main mission.
Andre Silva is undoubtedly the main man for Eintracht Frankfurt since he is the league’s third-leading scorer with 25 goals. Daichi Kamada and Filip Kostic are also threats since they’ve combined for nine goals and 23 assists so far.
With three wins in their last four games, Frankfurt are in firm control of their destiny. However, it won’t hurt as well if Borussia Dortmund are to drop points in their final fixtures against Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen.
Schalke have the slight advantage in the overall head-to-heads against Eintracht Frankfurt.
In their last 39 matches against each other, Die Knappen have won in 17 games, whereas the Eagles won 11 times along with 11 draws.
Adi Hutter’s men have won five of their last seven meetings against the hosts with high-scoring tiffs being the common theme.
Eintracht Frankfurt won 3-1 in their reverse fixture against Schalke last January 18 thanks to Luka Jovic’s late efforts.
When Matthew Hoppe scored the equaliser within just one minute after Andre Silva’s goal, the big Serbian dug deep and found the back of the net during the 72nd and 90th minute.