Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FC Schalke 04 6/17/20 Bundesliga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eintracht Frankfurt 11-5-15, FC Schalke 04 9-12-10
6/17/20 12:30 pm
Over 2.5 (-150), Under 2.5 (+120)
Eintracht Frankfurt is hosting FC Schalke 04 at Commerzbank Arena in round 32 of German Bundesliga.
Eintracht has been hot and cold in Bundesliga since its restart, and they also lost against Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal. In Bundesliga, Eintracht is in 10th place with 38 points, just 5 points away from the Europa League, and with 9 more points possible to win, anything is possible, and we might end up seeing Eintracht in the Europa League. Eintracht is scoring a solid amount of goals and their total as of now is 53, but their defense has been leaking and has conceded 56 goals in 31 games. In their most recent Bundesliga match against Hertha on the road, Eintracht was brilliant with 61% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and 84% of accurate passes. Eintracht was losing at the half-time, but just before the first half ended, Hertha conceded a red card which had a huge effect on this game. In the second half, Eintracht came to the field determined to turn the game around, and they did it. Eintracht has scored 4 unanswered goals and has won this game 1-4. Andre Silva is Eintracht’s best goal scorer with 10 goals, while Hinteregger added 8 goals, and Filip Kostic has 11 assists. Fernandes is the only injured player for Eintracht, and he will not be in the lineup. The last three games in Bundesliga are on the easier side for Eintracht, which could end up great for Eintracht if they can get at least 2 wins in those 3 games.
Schalke is a disaster dating back to before the season was paused. Schalke hasn’t won any of their last 12 games, including their last 6 since the season restarted. This hiatus had a positive effect on many teams, but it did absolutely nothing for Schalke. With 39 points, Schalke is in 9th place, just 4 points away from the Europa League, but I just don’t see Schalke getting there because they haven’t shown anything that would give me confidence in their abilities for the rest of this season. Serdar is the leading goal scorer for Schalke with 7 goals, while Harit added 6 goals. Harit, Serdar, Mascarell, Burgstaller, and Sane are all injured, while Caligiuri who is arguably their best player, is suspended because of the yellow cards. In their last Bundesliga match against Leverkusen, Schalke was a big underdog once again. Schalke has had only 27% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, and 65% of accurate passes. With a goal from a penalty kick in 51st minute, Schalke surprisingly got ahead, but the pressure from Leverkusen was too big, and Schalke scored an own goal in 81st minute. This match ended in a 1-1 draw. Good thing Schalke had a solid first half of the season which landed them this high in the standings, otherwise, Schalke would have been in the relegation zone now fighting for their lives.
Without much thinking, I’m siding with Eintracht at home here. Eintracht is the better team in every aspect of the game, and they could use a win to get closer to the Europa League.