Will Eintracht Frankfurt finally win against Arminia Bielefeld for the first time in 2022? If not, the Hessians could get into a little winter blues. If so, the Champions League places are very close. The most important thing about the game.
Eintracht Frankfurt will finally get their first win in 2022 in the third attempt. Arminia Bielefeld will be a guest on Friday (8.30 p.m.). Also there: 1,000 fans in the stands in the Waldstadion.
the initial situation
It’s like this at Eintracht Frankfurt: The start of the 2022 calendar year wasn’t messed up, no, but January hasn’t been completely smooth so far either. A point from the games against Dortmund and in Augsburg is no reason to panic, but against Bielefeld the first win is slowly coming. If that doesn’t work, there could be a little winter blues in the city forest. On the other hand, if we are successful, a place in the Champions League is within reach. It all happens so quickly.
In Bielefeld, the season is going as expected. The East Westphalians are currently on the relegation place, it’s against relegation, Arminia was aware of that before the season, but everyone was aware of it. With a win in Frankfurt, Bielefeld could pull in well-known clubs like Wolfsburg, Hertha or, yes, Gladbach.
Speaking of not smooth: This has also applied to the relationship between the Hessians and the tiresome topic of Corona since the beginning of the year. For example, Filip Kostic and Kevin Trapp are missing against Augsburg. Both should be back against Bielefeld, but coach Oliver Glasner will wait for the last training sessions. The use of Martin Hinteregger is questionable. The Austrian has “a problem in the pubic region,” said Glasner. A bet is decided on the day of the game. Also there: 1,000 fans in the stands. After all.
At Bielefeld, winter newcomer Gonzalo Castro could move into the first eleven. Coach Frank Kramer is also available again for striker Fabian Klos after serving a red suspension.
Eintracht could play like this:
This is how Bielefeld could play: Ortega – Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Andrade – Prietl, Castro – Wimmer, Okugawa, Krüger – Serra
That’s what the coaches say
Oliver Glaser: “It’s very clear: we want to win! We’ll throw everything into the balance. We’re playing to win. But Bielefeld is very strong on the run and has robust attacking players, as well as speed in the half positions. Arminia has a clear structure.”
Frank Kramer: “We are all aware that when we go to Frankfurt, Frankfurt are also the favourites, and we can live with that. Eintracht have made good progress since the start of the season. They have a very good structure, which we have prepared for .”
Watch out for this player
Augsburg made it clear once again: If Filip Kostic is missing, Eintracht is one category worse. Against Bielefeld, however, the Dervish should be back on the left – and in the best case scenario make the difference once again. The Serb is an option again after the positive corona test last week. “We have to see how he’s doing,” said Glasner. If he’s there, that’s not good news for the opponent, that’s for sure.
On the other hand, a player who was completely out for half a year is increasingly coming to the fore: the entrance mentioned Castro. The ex-national player has been playing for East Westphalia since the winter break and could soon become the focus of Bielefeld’s game. “He’s getting better and better,” emphasized his coach Kramer. “He’s extremely calm on the ball.” Better not to let Castro develop.
The statistics of the game
It’s actually quite simple from Eintracht’s point of view: one series should last on Friday evening – and one shouldn’t. The Hessians haven’t lost to Bielefeld in eight games. We’d like to keep it that way. However, Arminia has not lost in four Bundesliga games. No other Bundesliga club can boast such a series at the moment. From the point of view of Frankfurt, this will end on Friday at 10:30 p.m.