Augsburg vs Frankfurt Preview

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh returns home bidding to upset friends and family and boost his side's European qualification hopes.

The only goal of the game.

Veh was born in Augsburg and is a member of the Bavarian club, yet he cannot show any pity as his side need the points as much as their hosts.

"If we win this game, then we have a great chance of remaining in the hunt for Europe," he said.

"But our opponents are going to be highly motivated and they want to stay up."

Frankfurt currently occupy sixth position, the last qualifying berth for a place in the Europa League next season while Augsburg are five points adrift of safety, and now just one point ahead of Hoffenheim, who are challenging them for their relegation play-off berth.

"We have six games left in the second half of the season, of which three are home games," said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl.

"We want to pick up points in all of our games, especially the ones at home. We want to send out a signal against Frankfurt to our rivals at the bottom."

Victory for Augsburg would also be important after a 4-2 defeat to Dortmund, their third reverse in their past four matches after picking up 12 points in their previous seven games.

"We need to lift ourselves up again and play as well as we did against Hannover, with the only difference that we need to be more effective," added Weinzierl.

"If we do our homework right, then we don't have to look at other teams. It's all in our own hands and we can reach our goal, which is survival."

Weinzierl is still without the injured Koo Ja-cheol while he will hope goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch is fit after a bout of gastric flu.

Veh has doubts over the fitness of Pirmin Schwegler and Alexander Meier, but expects both to be available.



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