There is a top-four clash in the Bundesliga this Sunday when Borussia Dortmund will host Eintracht Frankfurt in the Signal Iduna Park.
As the season is edging to an end, the race for the top four is getting hotter and hotter. This clash sees the 3rd placed Dortmund side face the 4th placed Frankfurt side. Both of the teams have equal 42 points with only goal difference separating them in the league standings.
The teams around them are also pretty close to them, and so neither sides can afford any slip up at this important stage of the season.
This game is a six-pointer for the race of top four. The home side are currently not in great form, and they will look to improve on that by defeating their close rival.
The traveling side too will be confident that they can defeat the team in yellow especially since they have been in an impressive run of form in the recent matches.
Therefore, it is no doubt that this is the most crucial match of the week. The result of which can have far more significant implications on many teams throughout this season.
Fullback Lukasz Piszczek sat out training earlier in the week and remains a slight doubt for the Eintracht encounter.
Shinji Kagawa is also out of the squad following an ankle problem.
Raphael Guerreiro, meanwhile, completed his first full training session in midweek, yet it is expected that the Portuguese will need a little more time to feature in his first game since the beginning of February.
Rode (pelvis) and Yarmolenko (tendon) are the other absentees from the home side.
The big news for high-flying Frankfurt this week was the return to action in a friendly game for talismanic striker Alexander Meier.
Midfielder Omar Mascarell could also feature against BVB should he finally shake off the effects of a bruised foot.
While Nelson Mandela Mbouhom, who continues his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament, may be absent from the squad.
Dortmund vs Frankfurt Lineups (Predicted XI)
Borussia Dortmund Lineup ( 4-2-3-1 )
Schmelzer (LB), Torpak (LCB), Sokratis (CB), Piszczek (RB)
Dahoud (CM), Weigl (CM)
Schurrle (LM), Gotze (CAM), Reus (RM)
Eintracht Frankfurt Line Up (3-5-2)
Falette (LCB), Hasebe (CB), Abraham (RCB)
Chandler (LM), Boateng (LCM), Wolf (CM), Gacinovic (RCM), da Costa (RM)
Haller (LS), Rebic (RS)
Dortmund vs Frankfurt Prediction
It is a tough game to predict since both sides are very close to each other and the significance of the game is much higher.
But mainly keeping in mind that Dortmund will play in front of their home support, we predict that they will win this game by a narrow margin of two goals to one.
Our Prediction: 2-1 win for Borussia Dortmund