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Eintracht vs Dortmund: Match Preview

Hitting the road for the final time

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Borussia Dortmund will travel to Frankfurt this weekend for their second to last Bundesliga game of the season.

The boys in black and yellow remain in second place, five points out of first with two matches remaining. If Bayern are to lose its final two matches and Dortmund manage to win both of their remaining games, the title will be coming to BVB.

Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, is looking to stave off relegation. Currently sitting in the 16th-place relegation playoff spot, tied on points with VfB Stuttgart in 17th, any loss for Frankfurt could put them in danger of dropping out of the Bundesliga.

Dortmund won the first meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt this season back in December at Signal Iduna Park, 4-1. The visitors jumped out to an early lead as Alex Meier scored less than six minutes into the match. Dortmund would rebound with a Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalizer in the 24th minute.

The game was changed completely when Eintracht's Slobodan Medojevic received a red card just before halftime. Three second half goals from Dortmund sealed a thumping victory for the home side, their last league victory of 2015.

Both clubs are dealing with injury concerns, and Frankfurt's health has been the main problem for them all season. Prior to Saturday's matchup, Dortmund announced that Ilkay Gundogan would be out for the season with a foot injury. Julian Weigl will also be out tomorrow due to suspension.

Meanwhile, Eintracht will be missing top-scorer Alexander Meier due to injury along with fellow striker Haris Seferovic due to a suspension. Carlos Zambrano, Medojevic, and Stefan Reinartz will also be out Saturday for Frankfurt.

Despite the injury problems, Frankfurt have managed to win its last two games to climb out of the automatic relegation zone, but are still looking to preserve its top flight status with a strong finish.

Luc Castaignos will likely be the man up-front for Frankfurt. The Dutchman has only scored four goals this season from a reserve position, but has been a constant threat whenever he is on the pitch.

A weak defensive team, the midfield unit, led by Szabolcs Huszti and Makoto Hasebe, is the most dangerous facet of this Eintracht team. Playing a 4-5-1 formation, Frankfurt's midfield is layered and proves tough for opponents to get through when progressing offensively.

"We expect an emotionally charged atmosphere in Frankfurt," the Manager Thomas Tuchel said to the media. "They just won two derbies against Mainz and Darmstadt.

"It doesn't matter whether Frankfurt have something left to play for. Keeping the tension up is always relative. Everyone who saw us [beat Wolfsburg 5-1 last Saturday] will know that we're extremely focused."

For Dortmund, the most important things to do will be shutting down Castaignos. BVB must also find a way to allow its forwards and wingers to push forward in attack.

The match will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. GST in Frankfurt and 9:30 a.m. EST in the United States.