- 20' Arturo Vidal
- 20' Arturo Vidal
Created on 2017-12-08 at 15:00 PM
FC Bayern turned in an impressive display in their last Champions League encounter this year, downing Paris Saint-Germain 3-1, and on Saturday they aim to seal another success. Coach Jupp Heynckes and his men will seal the Herbstmeisterschaft, the unofficial title awarded to the team at the top of the Bundesliga at the midpoint of the campaign, for the seventh time in a row if they win on Saturday, when they travel to face Eintracht Frankfurt (live in English from 15.30 CET on our ticker and FC Bayern.tv Plus Web Radio).
Bayern are six points clear of RB Leipzig with three matches to. After the match in Frankfurt they will entertain Köln and travel to face Stuttgart. But a tough challenge awaits the German record champions at Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena. The hosts held Bayern to a draw in the last two matches in Frankfurt.
Kimmich and Heynckes issue a warning
"We've always struggled in Frankfurt over the last two years," commented Joshua Kimmich, referring to last year's fixture, which ended in a draw despite a 2-1 lead and an extra man for Bayern. Kimmich expects "a very awkward match. Frankfurt have a good coach, they're always well-prepared. But we must fight to stick to our play and win."
Jupp Heynckes agreed before returning to his former workplace. "It's a good campaign for Eintracht Frankfurt this year, they're a really well-structured team," the 72-year-old said ahead of his 650th Bundesliga match as a coach. Eintracht are "hard-running, they have a fighting spirit, they're aggressive and dangerous. It'll be a new challenge for us after the Champions League," elaborated Heynckes: "It won't be easy for us, they'll go to their absolute limits."
Quartet to return
Heynckes has the entire squad for the match against Paris at his disposal, including Kingsley Coman, who sustained a minor thigh problem in the match but completed the squad programme on Friday. Heynckes is likely to rotate his squad. Jérôme Boateng, Javi Martínez, Arturo Vidal and Thomas Müller, who were awarded a breather against PSG, might return to the starting line-up.
The hosts aim to confirm their recent upward trend. Eintracht have only lost one of their nine last matches. "We're in good form and recently sealed a crucial away victory against Berlin. We absolutely want to keep up this positive momentum. We're all really fired up for the match, and our approach won't be different from that in the last few matches," said midfielder Marius Wolf.
Besides, Niko Kovac' men aim to remain unbeaten against FCB in their third home match in a row. But it will not be easy, according to Kovac: "Bayern come here on an upward trend. We'll need a superb day, and we'll need Bayern to have one that's not so good. If we play to our ability we'll be able to annoy Bayern," said Kovac, who will have to make do without Makoto Hasebe, who is laid low with the flu.