Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arminia Bielefeld
DFB Cup Quarter-final
Date: Tuesday, 28th February 2017
Kick-off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt.
The calender year 2017 has been not kind to Eintracht Frankfurt as they lost in 4 of their 7 games played so far. The newly promoted side had an excellent run until Christmas break and lost just 3 times from the 16 played during that period. Still, they are strong contenders to make it into Europe next season, but they should improve their overall game-play as soon as possible. They are coming on the back of three consecutive leagues defeats, all without scoring. And the run saw the drop from 4th in the league table to 6th.
Eintracht were unbeaten at home until the 2-0 defeat to Ingolstadt on 18th February and this is the last game they placed at the Commerzbank-Arena.
Arminia Bielefeld are sitting close to the relegation zone in the second division. They are coming on the back of a poor run that saw them pick 2 wins from the last 8 matches in all competitions. The DFB Pokal draw has been kind to them as they got team from lower leagues. The previous round saw them struggling against the Regional-liga side FCA Walldorf. They needed the lucky lot of penalties to make it into the last eight of the tournament.
Away from home, Arminia Bielefeld won just three times this season. They are win-less in the league, with all the three wins coming in the DFB Pokal ties.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arminia Bielefeld: Head-to-head
The most recent meetings between the two sides can be dated back to 2006 and beyond when Bielefeld was in the Bundesliga. They clashed 8 times in the league between 2005 and 2009 and their record is even as Frankfurt have 3 wins as against Bielefeld’s 1 with 5 matches ending in draws. But Frankfurt are unbeaten in the last 5 meetings, 2 wins and 3 draws.
Their previous meeting in DFB Pokal was in the 2006 edition, a fixture that was won by Frankfurt by a 1-0 margin in front of their home crowd.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arminia Bielefeld: Prediction
Frankfurt are expected to prioritize the Bundesliga fixture over the cup tie as they have a strong chance of making into the Europa League qualification zone. So, squad rotation is expected from them, but it is hardly going to affect the outcome here. Arminia Bielefeld are struggling on all counts and their away record against strong teams this season is extremely disappointing. Therefore, we can confidently back the home side to win this one on a comfortable margin.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arminia Bielefeld: Bet Tip
HT/FT – Eintracht/Eintracht at 2.30 (13/10).