Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday’s Bundesliga clash between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Eintracht Frankfurt host Bayern Munich in the opening game of the 2022-23 Bundesliga campaign on Friday night.

Frankfurt won the Europa League last season, while Bayern are aiming to win the Bundesliga for the eleventh season in a row.

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Indeed, Oliver GlasnerFrankfurt’s debut season in charge was undoubtedly unforgettable, as the 47-year-old led his side to the Europa League final without losing a single game in the competition.

Perhaps the highlight of their trophy-winning run was defeating Barcelona in the quarter-finals, with West Ham United and Rangers belatedly powerless to prevent Glasner’s side from winning their first European trophy in 32 years.

As a result, Die Adler’s league form suffered as they finished in 11th place, but since winning the Europa League provides direct qualification for the Champions League group stage and represents a tremendous trophy for win in their own right, very few fans could contend with a place in the middle of the table.

However, having guided Wolfsburg to fourth place in the Bundesliga before leaving for Frankfurt, there is no doubt that Glasner will demand more of his players on the home front this season.

They started with the intention of continuing in the DFB-Pokal on Monday by beating second division team Magdeburg 4-0 away from home, with debutant lucas alario entering the record.

Signature by Mario Gotze and Alario, as they hold on to the star man Philip Kostic despite huge interest from West Ham, it suggests they may be in a position to challenge on all fronts, even if they have made the toughest possible start to the Bundesliga with Friday’s game against champions Bayern at Deutsche Bank Park.

Serge Gnabry scores for Bayern Munich on July 30, 2022©Reuters

despite losing Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, ​​Bayern still looked capable of scoring at will in last weekend’s 5-3 win against RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup.

The Bavarians built a 3-0 half-time lead against julian nagelsmanformer team, strikes courtesy of jamal musialadebutante sadio mane Y Benjamin Pavardbefore surviving a spirited comeback from last season’s DFB-Pokal winners after the break.

Truly, it was the perfect start to the Bundesliga season, with some brilliant football being played by both sides. Mane, who signed from Liverpool for around £35m to help fill the Lewandowski void, looked perfectly at home in a central role, with his natural tendency to drift to the left suiting Nagelsmann’s tactical plan. .

Substitute leroy sane He also looked somewhere in his prime, settling final nerves with a superb counter-attacking goal in stoppage time. The former Manchester City winger ran from midfield before displaying excellent composure to take on the opposing goalkeeper. Peter Gulasci Y Hugo Novoa out of the equation and put the ball into a nearly empty net.

Bayern’s opponents on Friday are likely to prove more stubborn, but in that form it’s hard to see anyone stopping them this season.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s form (all competitions):

Bayern Munich form (all competitions):

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Sadio Mane in action for Bayern Munich on July 30, 2022©Reuters

Frankfurt will be left without defenders Jerome Onguene Y aurelio butawho are recovering from thigh and knee injuries respectively.

Otherwise, however, Glasner appears to have a full squad to choose from, and Monday’s impressive 4-0 win at Magdeburg will likely tempt him to select the same XI.

However, while Daiichi Kamada Starring twice from a deep midfield role, the former Wolfsburg boss will almost certainly be looking to shore up the midfield against such dangerous opponents.

That could mean a move higher up the pitch for the Japan international alongside Gotze, with Jesper Lindstrom falling over the side to accommodate Kristian Jakic.

Alario will be hoping to make an impact off the bench once again as he bides his time as a substitute for Santos Borrewho was named in the Europa League Team of the Year after several strong performances last season.

Bayern, for its part, will travel without Leon Goretzka as the midfielder continues to recover from knee surgery.

Marcel Sabitzer has impressed in place of Goretzka in pre-season and should get the nod along with Joshua Kimmich in central midfield.

kingsley eat he is still banned for two more league games after his red card against Wolfsburg towards the end of last season, leaving Nagelsmann with a choice between Musiala and Sane on the left flank.

Musiala starred with a goal and an assist in the first half against Leipzig, with his manager describing the 19-year-old as “world-class”, meaning Sane may find himself reduced to a super-sub role once again.

Mane is almost certain to earn his first Bundesliga start in attack, but he is also a new signing. matthijs de ligt he is not fit for the match and will probably be named on the bench.

Eintracht Frankfurt possible starting lineup:
trap; Toure, Tuta, N’Dicka; Knauff, Jakic, Cerda, Kostic; Kamada, Gotze; erase

Possible starting line-up for Bayern Munich:
Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Sabitzer, Kimmich; Gnabry, Mueller, Musiala; Mane

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We say: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-3 Bayern Munich

Frankfurt will almost certainly improve on last season’s 11th place and should provide Bayern with a tough test on opening day.

However, the champions looked irrepressible in attack against Leipzig last weekend and may have too much firepower on the day.

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