- Saturday morning sees a clash of two of the Bundesliga’s top-four clubs, with third-placed Wolfsburg visiting fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt
- Both clubs will want the full three points to put further distance between themselves and fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund in the chase for the Champions League spots
- Read on for a full preview, odds, and the best bet for Saturday’s vital Bundesliga encounter
Despite taking part in arguably the greatest European Cup final of all-time, Eintracht Frankfurt has never qualified for the Champions League, while its imperious conqueror in that 1960 final – Real Madrid – continues to set the standard that all other European clubs are measured by. However, following last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht is finally within sight of ending that 61-year wait, and could move within one point of third-placed Wolfsburg with a victory on Saturday.
With the Bundesliga’s joint-strongest defense, conceding just 22 goals through 27 games, Wolfsburg is on track to qualify for the Champions League next season for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign. The Wolves have won three straight in the league, and have lost just twice this calendar year, so their march up the table shows no signs of slowing entering Matchday 28 of the Bundesliga, with the team sitting just three points back of second-placed RB Leipzig.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Wolfsburg Odds
|Matchup||Spread||Moneyline||Total at DraftKings|
|Eintracht Frankfurt vs Wolfsburg||EIN -0.5 (+140) | WOL +0.5 (-175)||EIN +140 | WOL +190 |
|Ov 2.5 (-148) | Un 2.5 (+120)|
Odds as of Apr 9
Wolfsburg On the Verge
Head coach Oliver Glasner’s defensive-minded approach to the game has certainly formed the basis for Wolfburg’s success this term. Last weekend’s 1-0 win at home to FC Koln was the team’s fifth consecutive clean sheet a home, establishing a new club record, and the Wolves are now 11 points clear of Dortmund in fifth.
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Both teams have lost just three games each all season – the same number as leader Bayern Munich – so being pragmatic and hard to beat is firmly baked into their recipe for success. For Wolfsburg though, the rearguard action has been paramount to the team’s success. With 22 goals conceded, its defensive record is 15 goals better than Eintracht’s, 13 better than Bayern’s and tied for best overall alongside Leipzig.
Wolves At the Door
By rights, Eintracht should be wary about the visit of Wolfsburg this weekend. The Wolves have dominated this fixture over the years, with 21 wins to Eintracht’s nine. The fixture has finished in a draw on 13 occasions.
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And Frankfurt has proven to be a happy hunting ground over recent seasons, with the Wolves winning on their previous four trips to the Waldstadion, as well as emerging victorious via a 2-1 scoreline in their first meeting this campaign back in December when Wout Weghorst scored two in a 2-1 win.
However, Eintracht is unbeaten at home this season, winning seven and drawing six of its 13 games there.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Wolfsburg Stats
|13-3-11||2020-21 Bundesliga Record (W-L-D)||15-3-9|
Frankfurt Looking for Silva Service
As it has all season, Eintracht will be looking for more goals from striker Andre Silva to fuel hope of victory in this match. The Portugal international has 22 goals in 25 matches in the Bundesliga, second only to Robert Lewandowski. Just as important for Frankfurt’s success though has been the influence of Filip Kostic, who has a league-leading 11 assists, and has set up seven of Silva’s goals thus far.
League goals scored this season:
– Andre Silva: 22
– Erling Haaland: 21
– Kylian Mbappe: 20
– Romelu Lukaku: 19
– Luis Suarez: 19
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— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) April 3, 2021
That pair has helped make Eintracht the joint second-highest scoring team in the Bundesliga, with its 55 goals scored level with Dortmund (although some way behind Bayern’s otherworldly 79 goals).
Defensively though, Eintracht could face a setback, with defender and captain Martin Hinteregger ruled out with a thigh injury, and Almamy Toure and Ragnar Ache also out. However, midfielder Amin Younes has been declared fit to play after being withdrawn at halftime of last week’s game.
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— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_eng) April 8, 2021
Wolfsburg will be missing the Swiss international pair of Renato Steffen and Admir Mehmedi, who are both out with lower-body injuries, while left-back Octavio is still suspended following a red card last month.
Best bet: Draw (+240)
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