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When: Sunday, 12 August, 2018 – 1:30 PM ET
Where: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
The DFL-Supercup starts the German soccer season, as Bayern Munich, the winners of last year’s Bundesliga campaign, take on Eintracht Frankfurt, who collected the national cup…
Eagles Hoping For A Feast
Last season was pretty successful for Eintracht Frankfurt. The Eagles not only finished in their highest position in Bundesliga in the past five years (8th), but also won their fifth German Cup (known as DFB-Pokal), thus not only qualifying for the German Super Cup (DFL-Supercup), but also for the Europa League. Winger Ante Rebic, who scored six goals and provided two assists in Bundesliga last season and received a silver medal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Croatia, netted twice in the DFB-Pokal grand finale against Bayern Munich back on May 19, helping Eintracht Frankfurt to eventually win the game with a count of 3-1.
Manager Niko Kovac, who oversaw the team’s success during 2017-18, has now, ironically, joined Bayern Munich. Austrian coach Adi Hutter, who won the Austrian Football Bundesliga and the Austrian Cup with Red Bull Salzburg in 2015 and the Swiss Super League with Young Boys last season, meanwhile, has taken the reins of the Eagles. The DFL-Supercup will be his first competitive game in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt, who have gone W2 D2 L3 in their preseason preparations, managing to score just one goal in their last three friendly matches. Sebastien Haller, who led the team with 13 goals in all competitions last year, netted in a 2-1 loss against Italian Serie A side SPAL last Saturday.
Party Continues For Bavarians
Bayern Munich are entering the German Super Cup as the winners of 2017-18 Bundesliga. 74-year-old manager Jupp Heynckes, returning to coaching after a four-year hiatus following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti at the end of Seprember 2017, led the Bavarians to their sixth consecutive title, winning the German top tier 21 points above the 2nd-placed Schalke 04 (W27 D3 L4). This will be Bayern’s record 12th appearance in the competition, with the team having won on six of the previous 11 occasions, including the very last two, when Bayern managed to beat Borussia Dortmund each time.
Manager Niko Kovac, who was in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt the last couple of seasons, is set to make his competitive debut for the Bavarians, who went W2 L2 during the preseason, beating Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, while losing to Juventus and Manchester City. Douglas Costa has left the team permanently after signing for Juventus, where he spent the last season on loan. Arturo Vidal has moved to Barcelona, while Bayern’s only signing during the summer has been midfielder Leon Goretzka, who joined on a free transfer after penning a pre-contract agreement in January.
Both teams are heading into this fixture with their best squads, and that is always a worry for the team that is playing AGAINST Bayern Munich. Yes, Eintracht Frankfurt did manage to beat the Bavarians 3-1 in their last meeting during the German Cup final. The thing is, the coach, who led the Eagles to that incredible victory, is now, actually, in charge of Bayern Munich. Both teams have had pretty decent preseasons, but the Bundesliga champions are still the better team. Before the infamous defeat back in May, Bayern hadn’t lost a single outing against Eintracht Frankfurt for 14 straight games (W11 D3), dating back to November 2010. A beer party in Bavaria, in all honesty, is quite imminent on Sunday!
* Bayern Munich to win (-265)
* Under 3.5 goals (-170)