The Saturday evening kick-off from Bundesliga this week sees league leaders Bayern Munich welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to town. This match is scheduled for a 17:30 kick-off and will be shown live on TV. As will be the case between now and the end of the season – possibly even into next season – no fans will be in attendance.
Bayern Munich are expected to pick up another win and move a step closer to winning the title, but with no fans there to cheer them on and the match played out against an eerie silence, the hosts will be under pressure to maintain their focus and get the job done.
Any slip-ups now could open the door for Bayern’s rivals to close the gap and mount a title challenge. Opponents Frankfurt aim to exploit any nervousness in the home dressing room and go into this clash-free from pressure, knowing they have nothing to lose.
Munich doing as expected
Bayern Munich lead the Bundesliga table, just as followers of this division expected them to do at this late stage. They were favourites to win the league, but the race has been tighter than many expected, Munich having company in the form of Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, and RB Leipzig. At present, just seven points is the difference between first and fourth, paving the way for a thrilling climax to the campaign.
Despite the competition, there can be no doubting the fact Munich are worthy league leaders, and if the competition had been called early, like it was in France and Scotland, they would have been deserving champions. Credit must go to everyone connected to the Bundesliga for getting the show back on the road and ensuring the season is played to a finish. Football is nothing without fans in attendance, but in finishing this season, we have a blueprint for how we can start the 2020/21 league, not just in Germany but across Europe.
Bayern Munich’s season stats read 18 wins and four draws against four defeats. They have scored an astonishing 75 goals so far, conceding 26 at the other end. A fantastic winning run was continued last weekend when Munich picked up where they left off before lockdown, banking three points thanks to a solid win over Union Berlin on the road. Lewandowski scored the opening goal of the match just before half-time and Pavard put the game to bed on 80 minutes with a second. The destination of the points was never in doubt.
Frankfurt enter on a losing run
While their opponents have been blasting their way towards another title, Eintracht Frankfurt have been heading in the opposite direction. The visitors can be found down in 13th place in the Bundesliga after 25 games played and are in serious danger of being sucked further down the pecking order and towards the relegation places. Their stats read 8 wins and 4 draws against 13 defeats, scoring 39 goals but conceding 44.
To make matters worse, Frankfurt travel to the home of the league leaders on the back of a woeful run of form that has seen them bag none of the last dozen points up for grabs. They followed a rare league win with four confidence crushing defeats on the bounce. Before the latest round of fixtures, Frankfurt are just five points better than Fortuna Dusseldorf who are one of three teams in the relegation zone.
Taking a closer look at the form and Eintracht Frankfurt have the joint poorest run of form in their last four games in the bottom six, with Augsburg also on a losing run. Dusseldorf have won one and drawn three in that period and that will worry everyone involved in the relegation battle. There are more twists and turns to come in this story yet, that’s for sure. We last saw Frankfurt losing to high-flying Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend, hammered 3-1 on their own patch. Silva scored late in the day for the beaten side, but the damage had already been done by Plea, Thuram and Bensebaini. A harsh reintroduction to the season for the players and things aren’t likely to get any better in this match against one of the best squads in Europe.
Bayern vs Eintracht prediction
There will be no fans in attendance so we shouldn’t make too much of the venue for this fixture. Instead, we’ll stick to the basics and focus on form. One side are pushing for the title and enter on the back of a winning run. Their opponents are involved in a relegation dog fight and are on a losing run of form. On paper, that makes the home team easy to side with.
Bayern Munich have more to play for here and the gulf in class between the two teams should be evident from early on. There will be a strange atmosphere, but the chance to win another title and the fact they have competition at the top will ensure Bayern remain focussed with their eyes on the prize. They know they are good enough to win this match and good enough to do it with a bit to spare, but we'll only find out what will actually happen on game day.
There are no surprises in the pre-match betting odds with Bayern Munich chalked up as hot favourites by the 22bet trading team. Those happy to follow the jolly will have to make do with the 1/7 offered. That’s a quote best suited to weekend accumulators and multiple bets. The draw is 755/100 and lovers of an upset will enjoy the 59/4 offered on Frankfurt.
There’s more to catch your eye in the specials. Bayern Munich -2.5 goals on the handicap look worth an interest play at even money, although a bet on both teams to score may prove to be a little more popular at 4/5 – another for access. That would have been a winning bet in Frankfurt’s defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach last week when the beaten side kept working and grabbed a late goal.