Borussia Dortmund have had a scintillating season so far, sitting pretty at the top of the Bundesliga having ended 2018 as the Herbstmeisterschaft (winter champions). Bayern Munich have been breathing down their neck though, as the Bundesliga sees a proper title race for the first time in years.
Die Schwarzgelben came into this away game on the back of a 5-1 thrashing of Hannover 96, while Eintracht Frankfurt, the home side, had only managed a 2-2 draw away to Werder Bremen. Both sides boasted two players each in the running for the Torjagerkanone – Luka Jovic (13 goals before this game) and Sebastien Haller (11) for the hosts, and Marco Reus (12) and Paco Alcacer (12) for the visitors. This game promised to be one full of action and surprises.
Adi Hutter put new signing Martin Hinteregger straight into the action, on the right of a back three, while Sebastian Rode faced his parent club. Frankfurt’s much-vaunted front three of Sebastian Haller, Ante Rebic and Luka Jovic all started.
Lucien Favre has had injury problems at the back to contend with, as Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou were still both missing. Julian Weigl was drafted in alongside Abdou Diallo at centre-back, while Raphael Guerreiro played on the wing, with Achraf Hakimi occupying the left-back slot. Former Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer, Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho formed a pacy front three.
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