Eintracht Frankfurt will take on Borussia Dortmund when the Bundesliga returns to action this weekend after a short winter break. 

Borussia Dortmund claimed a comfortable 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at Signal Iduna Park on the opening weekend of the season.

Halfway into the season, The Eagles sit sixth in the table on 27 points, seven points behind their opponents, who are second but have been really inconsistent over the past two months. 

Eintracht Frankfurt Betting Preview (+260 @ BetOnline)

Frankfurt finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, just one point behind the Champions League zone, and the Eagles can once again dream of a top-four spot this term. 

The Eagles were inside the top four for a significant period during the second half of 2021-22, yet a poor streak between mid-April and mid-May was crucial for their final position. 

Adi Hütter, who led Eintracht Frankfurt between July 2018 and June 2021, was tempted to join fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach. Following the Austrian's departure this summer, former Wolfsburg boss Oliver Glasner (under whose manager The Wolves leapfrogged Eintracht Frankfurt in fourth-place) took over from his fellow countryman and had to cope with an extremely challenging beginning of his new appointment. 

Indeed, Oliver Glasner's side had to endure a poor start to their Bundesliga campaign and everything began with a 5-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund in the opening game. It was followed by five consecutive draws until a sensational 2-1 win at Bayern Munich just before the October international break, which was their only Bundesliga victory in the opening 10 games. 

Moreover, Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at 3. Liga side Waldhof Mannheim at the start of the season. 

Should Eintracht Frankfurt manage to produce a solid performance against Dortmund and can maintain consistency against the likes of Augusburg (away), Arminia Bielefeld (home), Stuttgart (away), Wolfsburg (home) and FC Koln (away) in the coming weeks, their top four credentials could be seriously boosted. 

Oliver Glasner's men rounded off the year on a high, winning three consecutive Bundesliga games within a week, including impressive wins over Bayer Leverkusen (5-2) and Gladbach (3-2). 

Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt finished top of Group D of the Europa League, unbeaten in six games (3-3-0). Thus, The Eagles have qualified for the last-16 and are waiting for the draw that will be held on 25 February.

Danny da Costa and Jesper Lindstrom both tested positive for covid-19 on Thursday and the pair will miss out, while backup goalkeeper Jens Grahl, Croatian midfielder Kristijan Jakic, and Portuguese forward Goncalo Paciencia, who have all tested positive for COVID before the New Year, have already returned to training. 

Jesper Lindstrom arrived at Frankfurt in the summer and the Danish attacker has scored in all of Eintracht's last three Bundesliga matches, including the winner in the 1-0 win over Mainz 05 last time out. 

Former USA international Timothy Chandler should continue at right wing-back, while Sebastian Rode will hope to be handed another start over Kristijan Jakic in the middle of the park. 

Left-back Christopher Lenz and Norwegian winger Jens Petter Hauge are both injured, while Frankfurt-born midfielder Aymen Barkok joined Morocco for the Africa Cup of Nations. 

Rafael Santos Borré, who joined Eintracht Frankfurt from Argentinian giants River Plate last summer, has finally found his rhythm as the Colombian forward boasts two goals and three assists in his last four Bundesliga matches. As for comparison, he had scored just two goals in his previous 13 top-flight matches. 

Borussia Dortmund Betting Preview ( +100 @ BetOnline)

Marco Rose's side have won just one of their last four Bundesliga matches (1-1-2) since a controversial 3-2 home loss to Bayern Munich in early-December. Thus, the gap between the two rivals is nine points already and it doesn't look likely that Dortmund will be able to end the Bavarian Bundesliga hegemony for another year. 

Marco Rose joined Die Borussen in the summer and the former Gladbach boss is still struggling to impose his tactics at Dortmund.

Finishing third last term, Borussia Dortmund were one of the German representatives in the Champions League. They kicked-off their Champions League campaign with back-to-back wins over Besiktas and Sporting CP, but a run of three consecutive defeats, including a crucial 3-1 loss at Sporting, saw them remaining third in their group. 

Borussia Dortmund will face Rangers in the Europa League next month but they can now focus on their domestic campaign. The Black and Yellows suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat at Hertha Berlin in their last match prior to the break and will now open the new year with a tricky run of games. 

Defender Dan-Axel Zagadou and Marius Wolf are both in quarantine, but England starlet Jude Bellingham is back from suspension. Elsewhere, Marco Rose has a number of injured players with Manuel Akanji and Mateu Morey both sidelined with knee injuries, while USA international Giovanni Reyna likewise continues his recovery. 

Teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko is close to a return from a muscle injury, while veteran Marcel Schmelzer continues his comeback from a knee problem as well.

Norwegian striker Erling Haaland recovered from an injury earlier than expected – in late-November – and he will be looking to build on his tally of 13 goals in 11 league appearances this season. 

Haaland registered two goals and two assists against Eintracht Frankfurt earlier in the season and will need a lot of more goals if he is to challenge Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (with 19) and Leverkusen's Patrik Schick (with 16) on top of the Bundesliga goal scoring chart. 

With Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou both sidelined, Marin Pongracic and versatile Emre Can are in contention to start alongside veteran Mats Hummels at centre-back, Raphaël Guerreiro and Nico Schulz are competing for the left-back spot.

Possible Starting Lineups of Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund 

Eintracht Frankfurt: Kevin Trapp – Tuta, Martin Hinteregger, Evan Ndicka – Timothy Chandler, Djibril Sow, Kristijan Jakic, Filip Kostic – Gonçalo Paciência, Daichi Kamada – Rafael Santos Borre. (3-4-2-1) 

Borussia Dortmund: Gregor Kobel – Thomas Meunier, Emre Can, Mats Hummels, Raphaël Guerreiro – Mahmoud Dahoud – Julian Brandt, Jude Bellingham, Marco Reus – Donyell Malen, Erling Haaland. (4-1-3-2) 

Spooky Express Betting Prediction 

The Eagles will be keen to carry their winning form into the new year. Unbeaten in six home matches across all competitions (4-2-0) and winning three in a row, Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking for their first home win over Borussia Dortmund since November 2016 – a 2-1 victory. 

However, Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last seven home matches with Dortmund – four consecutive draws, and three straight wins before them. 

The Black and Yellows, on the other hand, are favorites and will hope to take their first win in Frankfurt since February 2014. However, they have won just two of their last eight away games in all competitions (losing five) and it's yet to be seen how Dortmund will look after the break.

Marco Rose's side has conceded in 11 consecutive away games in all competitions and they clearly need to sort out their defensive problems if they are to get better results in the second half of the season. 

Spooky Express Free Play: Over 3, 3½ (3.25) Goals -110 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units

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