Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt prediction, odds
With top scorer Robben injured, the Pole's expectations have risen. And although he had some teething problems after moving to Bayern, those are melting away, bit by bit. Opposite Lewandowski, Frankfurt will be without their most tenacious center-back, Carlos Zambrano. Alex Madlung and Anderson will match up against him, but goalkeeper Kevin Trapp will probably have his hands full. The 25-year-old spent a long spell sidelined in the first half of the campaign, but he is back in form now.
Date: Saturday, April 11Time: 4:30 p. m. GMT/9:30 a. ETVenue: Allianz Arena, MunichTV Info: Not available (UK only)/Gol TV (U. S. only)Live Stream: Gol TV (U. only)Form Guide BayernFrankfurtLeverkusen: drawHannover: drawDortmund: winStuttgart: lossMonchengladbach: lossPaderborn: winBremen: winKoln: lossShakhtar: winHamburg: winB/RPredicted line-upsIf there ever were a time for Guardiola to bring in younger and fringe players like Mitchell Weiser and Gianluca Gaudino, it would be in Saturday's match. However, there's a fair likelihood he'll go with a similar lineup to the one that faced Leverkusen in midweek.
Although never recognized with a nomination to the German national team and never having played in the Champions League, the forward is a hero for Frankfurt. He's the Bundesliga's top scorer with 19 goals, and with runner-up Robben sidelined for almost the remainder of the season, it's looking likely that Meier will win the Torjagerkanone (top scorer trophy) for his efforts. Martin Meissner/Associated PressKey BattlesRobert Lewandowski vs. Kevin TrappRobert Lewandowski has been on a very good run of form as of late, scoring the winner against Dortmund and coming the closest to netting the winner against Leverkusen.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich - Football Match
He's one of Germany's finest stoppers and may be looking to make a move this summer—should he convince against Bayern, it would be a valuable addition to his resume. Jerome Boateng vs. Alex MeierEven at the age of 32, Alex Meier continues to impress with consistently strong displays at the tip of the Frankfurt attack. The veteran now leads the Bundesliga with 19 goals this season including five in his last five games.
Superstars like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and David Alaba are all set to miss out on the action. But however tough the task may be, he'll have a world-class squad of players on a high of confidence. Frankfurt have everything to play for, standing eighth in the league table but only two points from potentially securing a place in the 2015-16 Europa League. They have some real weapons in their squad and may never have a better opportunity to beat Bayern as they face an injury-riddled and exhausted side. The visitors have a real chance to take a point or more if they have a go, but that's always a tall order for a club visiting the German record champions.
Bayern München vs Eintracht Frankfurt live score, H2H and
The front three will likely be the established trio of Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze. They'll be supported by Juan Bernat and either Rafinha or Weiser on the wings. There's a chance of Gaudino starting in central midfield, but one can count on Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm or perhaps Sebastian Rode getting the nod. At the back, Manuel Neuer can expect to play in goal with Dante, Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber ahead in central defense. Frankfurt will be without a key player in defense in Carlos Zambrano, so Kevin Trapp will most likely play behind center-backs Alex Madlung and Anderson. Out wide, the visitors' defense will most likely include Timothy Chandler and Bastian Oczipka.