Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke
Date: Saturday, 27 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 14:30 UK
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena (Frankfurt).
Eintracht Frankfurt finished 16th in the league last season and extended their stay in Bundesliga for another season only after defeating second division side FC Nurnberg in the play-offs. It was least expected of them to go down like this after finishing 9th in the previous season. They had a good pre-season in this summer, but were seen struggling in the first competitive match of the season against their division side FC Magdeburg in the DFB Pokal fixture last weekend.
Schalke on the other hand were in the race for a Champions League spot all way through last season. However, a series of poor results at the tail end of the season deter their chances and eventually settled for a fifth placed finish. There is a new look to their squad this season with a number of new faces in the playing eleven and a new manager in Markus Weinzierl, who has been in charge of Augsburg for the past four seasons. The likes of Breel Embolo from Basel, Benjamin Stambouli from PSG and Naldo from Wolfsburg are some excellent signings that could bolster their season ambitions this season.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke: Head-to-Head
- They played out a goal-less draw in the corresponding fixture of the 2015/16 season, while Schalke won 2-0 in their home fixture.
- Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in the last five home matches against Schalke, with 2 wins and 3 draws.
- Only one of the last five games between these two sides have seen over 2.5 goals.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke: Prediction
Eintracht Frankfurt have managed to deny Schalke in the past five home games in Bundesliga. But with little changes to their squad from last season they are bound to struggle in the opening day of the season.
While Schalke will be high on confidence after winning in their last five friendly games and opening their competitive campaign with a 4-1 win against sixth division side FC Villingen in their Cup fixture last week. Schalke could be backed to start their season on a winning note in Saturday’s Bundesliga opener with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke: Betting Tips
Schalke to win at 2.15
Over 2.5 goals at 1.80.