In sharp contrast to their impressive home record, Eintracht Frankfurt’s away form in the Bundesliga this season has been terrible- no side, not even the ones currently in the relegation zone, have lost more away games in 19/20 than Eintracht.
Frankfurt introduced two alternate kits at the beginning of the season- one all-white, and the third a golden one chosen by the club’s fans.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s away games in the league this season (and kits worn in those fixtures)
Leipzig 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (third)
Augsburg 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (home)
Union Berlin 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt (away, with black shorts)
Monchengladbach 4-2 Eintracht Frankfurt (home)
Freiburg 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (away, with white shorts)
Mainz 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (away, with black shorts)
Schalke 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (away, with black shorts)
Paderborn 2-1 Eintracht (away, with white shorts)
Hoffenheim 1-2 Eintracht (away, with white shorts)
Dusseldorf 1-1 Eintracht (home)
Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht (away, with white shorts)
Leverkusen 4-0 Eintracht (away, with black shorts)
That’s two away wins (Union Berlin and Hoffenheim), one draw (Dusseldorf) and nine losses, which explains why many of the Bundesliga betting sites at SB24 don’t think SGE will be able to qualify for Europe this season. Nine away defeats is almost twice of what they had on the road (5) in that fantastic 2018/19 campaign, when they also reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
The away strip was originally supposed to be worn with white shorts, but kit clashes have ensured that Frankfurt have played as many games in the alternate black shorts (4), as they have in the white ones. The home kit has been worn in three away fixtures, and the club actually wore their third and home uniforms on the road in the league before donning the away one.
Frankfurt’s home record (21 points) is better than the likes of Wolfsburg (6th, with 18 points from home) and Freiburg (7th, with 20 home points), and that dreadful away form is essentially responsible for their middling league position.
Goals are an issue too
Not only are Frankfurt the team with the worst away record in this season’s Bundesliga, they’re also the poorest in terms of goals scored on the road. In 12 away league outings so far, they’ve scored just eleven times, the lowest of any of any top flight team. Replacing the troika of Rebic, Jovic and Haller, who seemed to enjoy an almost telepathic understanding last season, was always going to be difficult, and it’s showing in SGE’s struggles in front of goal. Their last two away league games have seen them being blanked 4-0 by Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen respectively, which doesn’t exactly augur well for their next clash- against mighty Bayern Munich, who seem to be purring like a well-oiled machine under Hansi Flick.
Bayern have a bit of an axe to grind with Frankfurt
Eintracht hammered Bayern 5-1 at home in November, a result that saw the Bavarians sack Flick’s predecessor Niko Kovac. That is also the only defeat Bayern have suffered this season in their away kit, and they’ll be keen to give Eintracht a taste of their own medicine this weekend. There’s also the German Cup win SGE achieved over Bayern two years ago- one of the biggest wins in the club’s history.
Frankfurt are also a team that traditionally relies on the support provided by their fans- another reason for their fantastic home record. Their first game after the Covid-19 enforced break was at home, but without fans in accordance to the league’s playing regulations, and they crashed to a disappointing 3-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Eintracht’s record at the Allianz Arena is abysmal
Eintracht Frankfurt have struggled at the Allianz in recent years- their last away win over Bayern came way back in 2000.
Bayern 5-1 Frankfurt
Bayern 4-1 Frankfurt
Bayern 3-0 Frankfurt
Bayern 1-0 Frankfurt
Bayern 3-0 Frankfurt
Bayern 5-0 Frankfurt
Bayern 2-0 Frankfurt
That’s two goals scored in their last seven top flight away clashes at the venue, as against 23 conceded, and it’s not difficult to see why Bayern will start strong favourites this weekend.