Acting for the first time at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt for the 2017/2018 German Cup, Eintracht Frankfurt host Mainz on Wednesday, February 7. The confrontation is part of the schedule of the quarterfinals and is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. (Brasília time).
Tournament regulations require single game definitions. So whoever leads the best advances to the semifinals. Draw provokes completion of 30 minutes. If equality persists in the marker, the definition happens through penalty kicks.
The recent performance of Frankfurt
The fact that the draw gave the right to play at home would be reason to increase the optimism for most teams. Frankfurt, however, is the exception. Acting at Commerzbank-Arena has not been a guarantee of better results for the team.
Quite the opposite. Frankfurt appear as the second best visitor on the German league table and only ranked 15th when only the results of the teams in their domains are considered.
Thus, the good sixth place in which the team appears in the overall standings is mainly due to the 21 points obtained outside the home. In total, Frankfurt have 33 points (nine wins, six draws and six losses). It closes the zone of classification for continental tournaments with two of advantage in comparison with the Augsburg, seventh place.
The two most recent games in the Bundesliga, however, showed a trend of reversion in this line of use. In the twentieth round, at home, the Frankfurt side defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0. On Matchday 21, away, it took 3 to 0 of Augsburg.
Now it remains to be seen if this new trend will be followed in the German Cup where the Frankfurt have not yet faced a team even from the First Division. In the first round, he thrashed Erntebruck 3-0. Then he thrashed Schweinfurt 4-0. In the eighth, he had more work. He drew with Heidenheim 0-0 in the normal time and scored 2-1 in overtime.
To reach the semifinals, coach Niko Kovac will be able to count on all his main players. You have no concussion or suspension issues.
The current form of Mainz
Mainz also kept their hands wide in the twenty-first round of the German Championship. He was, however, a much stronger opponent than Bayern Munich. At home, he was beaten 2-0 by the tournament’s fired leader.
Coupled with Werder Bremen’s 2-1 win over Schalke, this brought Mainz into the relegation zone. Parked in the 20 points (five wins, five draws and 11 losses), the team fell to the sixteenth place. The score is the same as Bremen, 15th place, which ends up taking advantage of the tiebreaker criteria.
In the German Cup, Mainz made their debut against Luneburger Hansa and away from home they won 3-1. Kiel was their second victim, but it was a lot of work. Playing at home, Mainz were no more than a 2-2 draw at regular time. In the overtime, made 1 to 0.
It was in the last 16 that he faced a Bundesliga team for the first time. Acting once again in their dominions, eliminated Stuttgart winning by 3 to 1.
For the game this Wednesday, the athletes considered holders Sandro Schwarz has only one confirmed low. It is goalkeeper Rene Adler (nine matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship). Absence, however, is nothing new. The archer has been away since the end of October when he suffered a thigh injury. Robin Zentner took the position and has already made 12 Bundesliga matches.
History of the bouts between Frankfurt and Mainz
The teams were drawn in a 1-1 draw in the first round of the current Bundesliga season. In Frankfurt, Mainz can not beat the rival since 2012.
Although Frankfurt appear to be in a better position in the German Championship standings, it has not been performing at a high level. Can play better when the opponent has more possession, plays at home and, thus, runs more risks opening spaces for counterattacks. This should not happen against Mainz, which makes the equality guess a good option. The price is 3.75 on Bet365. Victory of the constituents yields 1.80 and of the visitors pays 4.20. Quotes at 10:27 AM on 2/5/2018.