Rafael Borre and Eintracht Frankfurt may have their sights set on the UEFA Europa League final but still have one last Bundesliga fixture and a local derby with Mainz on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30 CEST).
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Mainz would be in contention to finish among the Champions League places, if the Bundesliga were based solely on home form. The 05’ers are the fourth-best team in the league in terms of home standings, with Bo Svensson’s men having won 10 times at the MEWA Arena in 2021/22. As things stand, the hosts enter their final game of the season against Eintracht with the aim of overtaking Hoffenheim – a point clear – and finishing the season in eighth place. “We will once again work hard in training this week and hope for a proper end to the season by beating Frankfurt,” goalkeeper Finn Dahmen said after making his first appearance of the season in the weekend’s 2-1 win. last end at Hertha Berlin. . It remains to be seen if he gets another start, but Svensson has confirmed that Daniel Brosinski’s departure will feature in the XI on Saturday.
Eintracht can finish in 10th place, at best, but did you ask the fans to Die Adler at the start of the season, if they had accepted this with a place in a European grand final, they would probably have accepted. Although the Europa League showpiece of May 18 against Rangers is on the horizon, Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner wants to use this final Bundesliga game of the season to keep his players on the pace for the trip to Seville. As such, captain Sebastian Rode has been confirmed to start, but defender Martin Hinteregger is sure to be out with a hamstring injury and Mainz-linked Danny da Costa will also have to be a spectator. Rookie of the Season Jesper Lindstrom suffers from a hamstring problem, but hopefully he’ll be ready in time for Wednesday. Borre missed last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach with a muscle problem, but Djibril Sow was able to participate, despite the midfielder’s broken nose.
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- Jonathan Burkardt is Germany’s second top scorer in the Bundesliga this season (11 goals). Max Kruse also has 11, while Serge Gnabry has 14.
- With 45 points after 33 matches, Mainz are having their best season since 2015/16.
- Svensson has been booked seven times this Bundesliga season. No other coach has received more than three sideline bookings.
- Borre has seven team-leading Bundesliga goals for the campaign. However, he is Eintracht’s top scorer since Marco Fabian also netted seven times in 2016/17.
- Filip Kostic needs another provision to make four consecutive Bundesliga seasons with double-digit assists.
- Seven matches is Glasner’s longest winless streak as a Bundesliga manager.
Mainz: Zentner – St. Just, Bell, Niakhate (c) – Brosinski, Stach, Kohr, Martin – Boetius – Onisiwo, Burkardt
Outside: Burgzorg (heart)
Coach: Bo Svensson
Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Hasebe, Ndicka – Knauff, Sow, Rode (c), Kostic – Hauge, Kamada – Borre
Outside: da Costa (pubic bone), Hinteregger (thigh), Lenz (broken toe), Lindstrom (hamstring), Ramaj (knee)
Coach: Olivier Glasner