Professionals | 24/09/2021

Matchday 6

Preview ahead of the trip to Frankfurt

1. FC Köln travel to Eintracht Frankfurt and the Deutsche Bank Park as Steffen Baumgart’s side look to continue their impressive start to the season. Eintracht, who have yet to win this season but are unbeaten in four games, will be hoping to halt FC in the visitors’ final Saturday game for a month.

Form check

Eintracht Frankfurt: Oliver Glasner and Eintracht are still waiting on their first win since the former Wolfsburg head coach took over at the helm. After an opening day defeat in Dortmund, Frankfurt are unbeaten in all competitions after drawing all five of the following fixtures. With Filip Kostic back and Sam Lammers looking more and more dangerous, Glasner will want the winless run to come to an end this weekend.

1. FC Köln: After five games, Steffen Baumgart’s charges sit in seventh place with an impressive seven points from the opening encounters this season. After wins against Hertha and Bochum before the international break, Freiburg and Leipzig were the litmus test of whether FC could continue at the rate they were going. Despite it still being early in the season, a pair of very strong showings and 1:1 draws mean that there is reason to be cheerful in Müngersdorf.

The managers have had their say

Oliver Glasner: “Steffen Baumgart is doing a great job in Cologne. We can expect a very intense game. It’ll be an end-to-end encounter, although we’re determined to control the game. A difficult task awaits us. We want to win, as was the case in our last few games. The players have great character and are fully committed.”

Steffen Baumgart: “Frankfurt are one of the hardest working teams in the league and play with a high intensity. I expect an even game, but one we want to win. We're going there to win. And we can do that. Oliver Glasner is someone who can always change something in a tactical sense. But we're looking at ourselves and want to play our game.”

Squad update

Eintracht Frankfurt: Christopher Lenz will not feature for Frankfurt before the international break due to a thigh injury. Sebastian Rode is still sidelined, though Erik Durm looks set to feature despite having to stop training early on Wednesday. However, there are doubts over Jesper Lindström after the Dane took a knock in training. 

1. FC Köln: Tim Lemperle, Niklas Hauptmann and Jannes Horn all remain absent as they begin to work their way back from injury issues. Lemperle could return to training next week.

Player profile

After the transfer window came to a close and the speculation surrounding a possible move away from Frankfurt has settled, Filip Kostic has been back to his best. The 28-year-old winger has been a directly involved in Eintracht’s last three goals, setting up two and scoring their only goal in the draw against Stuttgart. With 77 goal involvements in 132 games for the club, there is no doubt that Frankfurt are a better and more dangerous side with the Serbian than without him.

Recent record

Saturday’s tussle will be the 91st Bundesliga meeting between the two teams. So far, in the 90 clashes to date, FC edge Frankfurt with 32 wins to their 31. The other 27 matches have ended in draws. FC have won just once in their last six games against Eintracht. That solitary win did come in Frankfurt on that memorable Wednesday night, as FC came back from 2:0 down to win 4:2.

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5VfL Wolfsburg13
61. FC Köln12
71. FC Union Berlin12

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