Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Match preview, Team News, lineups, H2H & Match Stats
These two teams last met in the final of this competition two years ago, where Niko Kovac denied his future club a chance at silverware.
Frankfurt humiliated the perennial German champions on home turf with a 5-1 triumph in early November, a result which saw Bayern slump down to fourth place in a exciting fashion.
Hansi Flick is now the man in charge at the Allianz Arena and since that defeat he has steered Bayern to 23 wins from 26 games, drawing once and losing twice.
That run includes an ongoing streak of 11 successive wins one of which was an avenging 5-2 drubbing of Frankfurt and a 20 game unbeaten run across all competitions which now stretches back more than six months.
Adi Hutter’s side sit 11th in the Bundesliga, both safe from relegation and with little hope of pushing for Europe, so the cup is now their last remaining chance to take part in continental competition next season.
A 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Mainz on Saturday was not the best warm-up, but they had won their previous two matches before that, both of which came away from home.
Frankfurt will be hoping that the current trend of away teams faring better in the empty stadiums continues in the cup too, having gone five away games in a row without victory before their back to back win.
Corentin Tolisso is the only player missing through injury for the German champions, who could name something close to a full-strength lineup.
Frankfurt have a few more injury worries, with Gelson Fernandes and Goncalo Paciencia both absent.
Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller will be back in today’s again after serving their suspension in their last match.
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer, Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka, Coman, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
Frankfurt possible starting lineup:
Trapp; Toure, Hinteregger, Abraham, N’Dicka, Ilsanker, Sow, Chandler, Kamada, Gacinovic; Silva
- Manuel Neuer is one away from equalling Oliver Kahn’s DFB Cup record of 33 clean sheets. The current Bayern skipper has even played 16 games fewer, not conceding in 62 per cent of matches – a competition record.
- Should Bayern win without the need for a penalty shootout, Thomas Müller will join Sepp Maier and Gerd Müller at the top of Bayern’s internal standings for DFB Cup games won (47).
- Hinteregger scored a brace from corners, as well as an own goal, in Frankfurt’s 5-2 loss at Bayern just 18 days prior to this semi-final.
- Eintracht’s sole victory at the Allianz Arena came in the DFB Cup but against 1860 Munich in the 2005/06 quarter-finals (3-1). They haven’t beaten Bayern in the Bavarian capital since November 2000 (2-1).