Professionals | 24/09/2021

Matchday 6

The Number Crunch: Away in Frankfurt

1. FC Köln travel to one of their traditionally happy hunting grounds tomorrow, as they take on Eintracht Frankfurt at Deutsche Bank Park. Rafael Czichos and Salih Özcan are on the verge of their centuries, as FC take on the league’s elder statesman.

20 years ago, FC picked up their biggest away win in Frankfurt. A 5:1 truimph in the old Waldstadion was not just special because of the margin of victory but due to a special guest in the crowd. Diego Maradona watched on from the stands as Matthias Scherz ran the show.

Modeste heading for the half century

Anthony Modeste has four goals in the opening five games of the Bundesliga season. It is the fourth time in his seven Bundesliga campaigns that he has managed to hit that mark. Should Modeste score twice in Frankfurt, he will reach 50 FC Bundesliga goals.

Modeste has also scored on all but six Bundesliga Matchdays. Matchday 12, 13, 14, 15, 22 and 33 are the only weeks where he has failed to find the back of the net. On Matchday 6, Modeste has scored twice – the last time he managed that was against Bayern Munich with his infamous acrobatic volley.

Historically, Frankfurt was a happy hunting ground for FC. They have won 13 times there, having only tasted victory in more away games in the Bundesliga against VfB Stuttgart (14). 

The game against Leipzig was intense and the tussle in Frankfurt is set to be similar. Frankfurt (3691) and FC (3687) lead the way for intensive runs in the Bundesliga, and both are high up the list when it comes to distance covered. Only Arminia Bielefeld (588,7km) have covered more ground this season than Eintracht (588,3km) and Köln (584,5km).

Rafael Czichos and Salih Özcan are on the verge of making milestone appearances for the club. Both are one game away from playing their 100th competitive games for FC. 

Hasebe standing strong

Makoto Hasebe is approaching his 350th Bundesliga appearance and the Japanese stalwart is also the oldest player in the league by a considerable margin. Hasebe took to the field against FC Augsburg aged 37 years, seven months and three days – over two years older than both Manuel Neuer and Anthony Losilla.

Despite FC’s historically good record in Frankfurt, the hosts have been dominant in recent meetings. Aside from FC’s spectacular 4:2 comeback win in 2019, Frankfurt have won the other five previous meetings in the Deutsche Bank Park, including a 2:0 victory last season.

While FC have been one of the best sides at converting crosses this season, they come up against an opponent who is equally adept at defending them. Frankfurt are one of only three sides to have not conceded from a cross this term, alongside Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg.

Jesper Lindström leads the Bundesliga in sprints per 90 minutes. The Danish midfielder, who arrived this summer from Bröndby IF, averages 42 sprints per game – five more on average than Alphonso Davies and Josip Stanisic. Lindström will also have the chance to see Marvin Schwäbe again, after the pair were crowned Danish Champions last season.

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Total table
61. FC Union Berlin12
71. FC Köln12
8TSG Hoffenheim11