Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt v FC Bayern München

Eighth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt will be eyeing a move into the top four when they host Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München on Saturday.

Date: 9 December 2017
Match Day 15
Kick-off: 16H30 local time
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena
Referee: H. Osmers
Assistants: S. Waschitzki, T. Gorniak|
Fourth official: C. Gittelmann

Head-to-head summary: 


Frankfurt               92          20        21         51    
Bayern                  92          51        21         20

Previous encounter: 

Bayern 3-0 Frankfurt 11/03/17 (Bundesliga)

Bayern goalscorers: R. Lewandowski (38', 55'), D. Costa (41')

Players to watch: 

Striker Sébastien Haller has been leading the offensive output for Frankfurt this campaign, scoring eight goals and providing four assists in 16 appearances.

Bayern's goal machine Robert Lewandowski has been at it again this season, bagging no fewer than 20 goals in only 22 appearances across all competitions.

Team form and manager quotes: 

Frankfurt have lost only once in their last eight league games, against Bayer Leverkusen, and come into the clash having beaten Hertha BSC 2-1 in Berlin last Sunday.

A victory could see the hosts surge up to fourth position in the Bundesliga, but they haven't beaten Bayern since 2010 when Juvhel Tsoumou and Martin Fenin scored late to cancel out Miroslav Klose's opener for a 2-1 result.

Frankfurt manager Niko Kovač has also been linked with the Bayern Munich job recently, with Heynckes only a temporary solution. The veteran coach responded to the reports at his press conference, saying: "Every week I have to comment on another coach, and I'm sure that Bayern are pursuing a very precise plan. Kovacic does a good job, unruffled, factual, I like how he acts."

Meanwhile, Die Roten have lost only once in 13 games across all competitions, winning 11. They won their last two outings 3-1, against both Hannover 96 and Paris Saint-Germain.

The run of victories has seen Jupp Heynckes' men open up a six-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings, with RB Leipzig sitting in second position, a point above FC Schalke 04.

"The league is our core business, we want to be on top after 34 matchdays," Heynckes told his pre-match press conference. Bayern beat PSG 3-1 in a Champions League clash on Wednesday.

"I was always sure it would work, but I was not so forward-looking, it was positive against PSG, but I'm not going to let that exorbitant praise prevent us from looking at our weaknesses, we must continue to improve."

Team news: 

Frankfurt only have one new injury concern with Timothy Chandler unlikely to feature due to fitness problems, while Jonathan de Guzmán is still sidelined.

The visitors are still without the services of winger Arjen Robben, left-back Juan Bernat, and central midfielder Thiago Alcântara.