The Round 4 slate in the Bundesliga continues on Sunday as Eintracht Frankfurt travels to take on Cologne and Schalke 04 face of against Union Berlin. Here are the match previews.
Cologne is one of the teams that has got off to a pretty miserable start in the 2020-21 season. The Billy Goats are winless fo far and they sit in 16th place in the league after losing all three Bundesliga games to date. The most recent match saw a 3-1 reverse in favor of Borussia Munchengladbacj and Markus Gisdol knows that his side needs to turn its form around quickly.
Cologne will be boosted by the returns of Ismael Jakobs and Anthony Modeste. The two are both back from injury and are in contention to play, with both attacking players likely to give Cologne a boost in the right area if they are selected in the team. They will be without Jonas Hector and Florian Kainz who are both out injured,
Eintracht Frankfurt – on the other hand – will be delighted with how their Bundesliga campaign has begun. While their opening day draw with Arminia Bielefeld was so-so, they have backed that performance up with wins over bother Herta Berlin and Hoffenheim. The result is that they sit in third place in the league on goal difference, level with the pack at the top of the table.
Andre Silva and Bas Dost have been the players to watch. They have combined for three assists and four goals, showing both an understanding of the team’s approach and also an eye for goal. Filip Kostic will be out for an extended period with his knee injury, but there is nothing to suggest they should lose here. Take the away side for the win with BetXChange.
Schalke 04 vs. Union Berlin
The home side finds themselves rock bottom of the Bundesliga table with three defeats in three games. It is easy to see where the problem lies, with the Schalke defense having given up 15 goals in three games. They will be without center-back Ozan Kabak for this one as new coach Manuel Baum tries to work his magic and figure out what is going wrong.
Kabak – who is suspended – is not the only star to be missing out. Goalkeeper Ralph Fahrmann and top scorer from last season Suat Serdar will also be sidelined, making a tough task even more difficult against Union berlin.
Berlin has been solid in the early going. a draw on Matchday 2 against Borussia Monchengladbach was solid, but it was the way they dispatched Mainz 4-0 the following week that has their fans excited. The biggest news from that game was that star summer signing Max Kruse picked up his first goal for the club in the win. This is important because keeping Kruse in the goals is the only way that Union will achieve their aspirations as a club this term.
This is another game where it feels like the away side has the advantage. Take Union Berlin to win and keep Schalke in place as they prop up the table.