It's time for the relegation playoffs of the Bundesliga, which will either undo the misfortune or all the hard work of one entire season. If Eintracht Frankfurt wants to stay in the Bundesliga, they will have to fend off the efforts of FC Nuremberg in tonight's first leg game.

Frankfurt latest efforts weren't enough


It was a late wake up call for Frankfurt. In the last eight games they manged to find quite a few winning ways. Within the first 26 match days they only managed to win a meager five times. But over the course of the last eight games the Eagles nearly doubled up on this, winning four of these games (losing all the other four, though). But it was not enough to avoid the playoffs. A dramatic near-last minute goal against direct relegation rival Werder Bremen forced Frankfurt into the playoffs. The reason why they ended up there, in the grand scheme of things, is because of two factors: They were the weakest team of the entire Bundesliga in away games and had a very weak offense in general. Even when they got twelve points out of the last eight games, they just scored 6:9 goals. Alex Meier is by far their best scorer. But he was injured against Bremen. He is expected to play against Nuremberg. But his fitness level will be under close scrutiny, for he could be a difference maker.

Nuremberg comes well prepared


After a mixed start Nuremberg went on to be unbeaten for 18 games straight, producing the longest unbeaten streak in this 2. Bundesliga season. And if it wouldn't have been for them letting up slightly towards the end of the season, they may have as well managed to avoid the playoffs and gotten promoted directly. But nonetheless they are one of the three most dominant teams in the 2. Bundesliga campaign, with all three top teams having a clear lead towards the rest of the league table. Nuremberg has the second best offense of the division and performed overall reliable at home and away. The only soft spot is a somewhat suspect defense, which just compared averagely to the rest of the division and is currently plagued by personnel issues.

This is what the odds at Tipbet look like

Traditionally the relegation playoffs favor the teams from the upper league, for these teams are used a higher caliber of competition and have possibly a more optimistic outlook on the relegation playoffs, considering that these games present a last opportunity rather than a final obstacle, like they do for the opposing lower division team, that struggles to be promoted. This year though may be very well one, where going against the trend may be worth it. Frankfurt is no stranger to getting relegated and Nuremberg was a rather dominant third ranked team. Also it seemed for quite a while that Nuremberg would be the team, that would end up in the playoffs, whereas Frankfurt just dropped to the playoffs in very unfortunate fashion. Frankfurt is definitely stronger at home than away, so it may be a very tactical affair. Let's back the draw in this one (Tipbet odds: 3.25).

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*Odds from 19.05.2016 15:35 o'clock (No guarantee for displayed odds and statistics to be accurate. Changes of the odds may occur)