Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund DFB Pokal Final Match Preview
Both sides will clash for one last time this season to salvage something out from an underwhelming league campaign.
Date/Time: Saturday, 27th May 2017/19:00 (GMT)/ 20:00 (CET)/23:30 (IST)
Venue: Olympiastadion Berlin
Television Telecast: beIN Sports, SuperSports (Africa), TEN2, BT Sports
Frankfurt had a great first half of the season and seemed like they were definitely going to be in the Champions League next season.But Niko Kovac’s men lost track and dropped form in the second half of the season and finished in a disappointing 11th placed in Bundesliga.
The Eagles had a pretty easy way during the journey to the final in the capital. The toughest of the obstacles has been Borussia Monchengladbach in the semifinal when Kovac’s men secured the final via penalty shootout.
Frankfurt are also missing several first team players, key midfield players Makoto Hasebe (knee op) and Omar Mascarell (Achilles) will both miss the final along with youngsters Marius Wolf (shoulder), Marc Stendera (ruptured meniscus) and Shani Tarashaj (knee).
Borussia Dortmund have had a very average campaign according to their standards as they finished in 3rd place 18 points behind Bayer, whom they should challenge for the league title every season. But Tuchel’s men can salvage something out of this underwhelming season by winning the DFB Pokal in the German capital, Berlin.
The team did slightly increase the form in the finish of the season when Dortmund won four and drew two of their last six fixtures.Their best performance in 2017 was in the semifinal of DFB Pokal when they came back from behind to eliminate Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena.
Dortmund may miss some key players for this clash as Schmelzer who picked up hamstring injury in their last week victory over Werder and is doubtful for this fixture.
Long-term absentees include Gotze and Weigl, Gotze is suffering from illness which causes chronic fatigue and on the other hand, Weigl picked up a bad ankle injury against Augsburg and will be sidelined till September.
Eintracht Frankfurt:3-4-2-1: Hradecky-Vallejo, Abraham, Hector-Tawatha, Oczipka, Gacinovic, Chandler-Hrgota, Fabian-Seferovic
Borussia Dortmund:4-1-4-1: Burki-Piszczek, Bartra, Sokratis, Schmelzer-Sahin-Dembele, Castro, Kagawa, Reus-Aubameyang
BVB have been much more successful in the history of head to head meetings with Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Eagles did manage to claim two wins in their last two games at Commerzbank-Arena, but Dortmund got the revenge in mid-April at Signal-Iduna-Park by taking a 3-1 win.