Preview: Frankfurt v Bayern

FC Bayern München will be looking to solidify their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table when they travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon.

15 October 2016
Kick-off 21:30 HKT
Venue: Commerzbank Arena

Referee: B. Dankert
Assistants: R. Rohde, J. Seidel
Fourth official: G. Winkmann

Head-to-head summary:

Frankfurt 90 20 20 50
Bayern 90 50 29 20

Previous encounter:

Bayern Munich 1-0 Frankfurt 02/04/16 (Bundesliga)

Bayern goalscorer: F. Ribery (20′)

Players to watch:

Frankfurt have enjoyed a decent start to the 2016/17 campaign and it has largely been off the back of Alexander Meier’s goals. The German striker has scored the opening goal in all three of their home games so far.

However, he has never scored against Bayern at the Commerzbank Arena and will be determined to set that record straight this weekend.

Young American striker Julian Green could be in line to make his Bundesliga debut for Bayern after he was included in the matchday squad and head coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the youngster would be playing some part in the club’s next few fixtures.

The 21-year-old is highly thought of at the Bavarians and with the United States national side, but is yet to make much of an impact in Germany despite spending a full season on loan with Hamburg two years ago. He will be desperate to make an impression if given the chance.

Team form and manager quotes:

Frankfurt began the Bundesliga seasons well with three wins in their first four matches, but stuttered a bit before the international break.

Their two fixtures prior to the FIFA break yielded just one point from a 3-3 draw with Hertha Berlin and a 1-0 loss to Freiburg, and they will be keen to stop the rot against the defending champions on Saturday.

However, their opponents will be just as determined to get back to winning ways after dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Koln before the break for international fixtures.

It was the first time they failed to win a Bundesliga match under Ancelotti, but they still hold an impressive three-point lead at the top of the table going into the match.

“We started the season very well, but we weren’t at our best the last couple of games,” the Italian said before the game. “I believe that the team was a little tired and lacked intensity.

“We’ve spoken about it and understand our mistakes. Tomorrow will be different.”

Team news:

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Frankfurt received a boost this week when Emil Balayev returned to first to training following a knee injury, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to get up to speed in time to play any part in the match.

Anderson Bamba faces a late fitness test while Joel Gerezgiher, Enis Bunjaki and Johannes Flum all remain doubtful.

Arjen Robben is set for a return to action for Bayern after Ancelotti confirmed the Dutch winger had returned to training and would be ready in time to face Frankfurt.

Surprisingly, he claimed long-term injury victim Holger Badstuber was also nearing an early-than-expected return and could be considered for some role this weekend.