Two of this season’s surprise packages go head-to-head at Commerzbank Arena, with fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt the hosts against overachievers VfB Stuttgart. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side won consecutive games for the first time this season with an emphatic 5-1 victory over bottom-placed Schalke. Eintracht Frankfurt’s unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat at Bremen. 

Eintracht still seek Champions League berth

The aftermath of Frankfurt’s Friday night defeat saw Adi Hutter arguing with his Bremen counterpart Florian Kohfeldt. Frankfurt took an early lead with a goal that came via a familiar route. Filip Kostic’s measured cross met by the in-form Andre Silva as the Portuguese striker netted his 19th league goal of the season.

With Bremen’s inconsistent form, few expected Frankfurt would struggle after the break. However, the home side came back stronger and thoroughly deserved their comeback win. Hutter’s troops couldn’t create a meaningful chance and failed to hold on to their early advantage.

It was Frankfurt’s first defeat after an eleven games unbeaten run. Frankfurt won nine of those fixtures after registering only two wins in the first 12 league games of the season. Frankfurt are still three points ahead of Dortmund, who returned to top form after a difficult start to the new year.

When and where to watch?

The match kicks off at 14:30 on Saturday 6th March 2021 and is streaming live on William Hill. 

Stuttgart surpassed the 30-points mark 

The newcomers grab successive league wins to reach 32 points after 23 games. Their 1-0 win at Koln was far from straightforward, but the well-known qualities of Borna Sosa’s crossing and Sasa Kalajdzic’s aerial prowess resulted in the winning goal.

The same combination was at it again on Saturday after Wataru Endo’s brace in the first half. Schalke panicked to defend set-pieces in the first-half, with Sosa and Gonzalo Castro flying in precise deliveries. The Japanese midfielder scored his first goals in Bundesliga before Kalajdzic reaches eleven league goals for the season.

The Austrian striker, who is currently the league’s tallest player, equalled Silas Wamangituka in the scoring chart. Wamangitkua is on the radar of many clubs. Still, as Matarazzo admitted, he needs a break to recharge his batteries for the rest of the season. Stuttgart have a good depth in the squad, as seen against Schalke with Philipp Klement and Daniel Didavi scoring wonder goals off the bench.   

A thriller in the reverse fixture

The first game between the sides this season was full of action. Stuttgart raced to a 2-0 win at the break, with Gonzalo Castro doubling their advantage after Nicolas Gonzalez’s opener from the spot. 

It took more than an hour of play for Eintracht to get back into the game, but goals from Silva and David Abraham, who ceremoniously left the club in January, salvaged a draw for the visitors. Frankfurt won the previous two games against Stuttgart by 3-0 scorelines.

Eintracht Frankfurt & Stuttgart Team News

Hutter has no injury worries as Frankfurt hopes to get back to winning ways after last week’s setback. 

Gonzalez, another Stuttgart player who could leave the club in the summer amid interests from several clubs, is still out of action with a torn muscle. Erik Thommy also performed well in a limited game time this season, but he is injured once again and not expected to make the trip.

Another entertaining encounter is expected

The two teams play attractive football, and only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund outscore them in the league this season. We can expect another enthralling night at Commerzbank Arena, with the sides expected to stick to their game plan. Stuttgart are one of the best sides on the road this season, but Frankfurt hopes the bump at Bremen was a fluke in their bid to make it to Europe’s elite competition.

Draw29/10 (3.9)BetVictor
Both teams to score10/21 (1.48)SBK
Over 3.5 goals5/4 (2.25)Red Zone Sports

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