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Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich will compete for the first piece of silverware of the season when they meet in Sunday's German Super Cup at the Commerzbank Arena.

Frankfurt earned their place in the 2018 edition of the German Super Cup thanks to an inspired 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final back in May.

Croatian attacker Ante Rebic, who caught the eye of many at the 2018 World Cup, scored two against the Bavarians in that game, but is unlikely to feature here after only returning to training this week.

Besides, summer-signing goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow will also miss out due to injury.

Excluding these two players, Frankfurt’s new manager, Adi Hütter, has whichever players he wants at his disposal, and he’d no doubt like to get one over on predecessor Niko Kovac who took over at Bayern earlier this summer. A win against Bayern could set the tone for the Eagles’ season to come.

German champions Bayern – a title the Bavarians have had for six years now – began preparation for the new season at the International Champions Cup in the United States (W1 L2).

Kovac’s charges followed that up with a commanding win over Manchester United at the Allianz Arena last weekend.

Bayern’s new coach has been experimenting away from the 3-5-2 formation he became known for at Frankfurt, and should be looking to implement a 4-3-3 with his strongest possible starting eleven in an attempt to win his first silverware at the club. Only World Cup winner Tolisso is expected to be absent.

Like the Community Shield in England, the German Super Cup is somewhat of an exhibition match, but both teams should be raring to go in their first semi-competitive action of the new season.

Bayern love nothing more than winning everything the game has to offer, while there is no better feeling in German football than beating the Bavarians.

Unfortunately for Frankfurt, as with most German sides, their head-to-head record against Bayern is, well, poor. Bayern have won 11 of the last 15 meetings between them (W11 D3 L1) and The Eagles have not beaten their rivals at their home, the Commerzbank-Arena, since 2010.

Under a new manager, lacking the attacking prowess of Ante Rebic, and in rough pre-season form, it’s tough to see how Eintracht Frankfurt can do a repeat of the 2018 DFB Pokal final.

Even though Bayern have been far from their best, you can’t help but see a much higher quality of player in the Bavarian’s squad. Lewandowski, Robben, Ribery, Thiago, the list goes on…
Meanwhile Frankfurt have made a few key signings over the summer, but quite frankly it doesn’t look enough.

Frankfurt’s only saving grace is that Bayern’s defense – almost exactly the same defense that represented Germany at the World Cup – has been in shocking form as of late.

Bayern Munich have kept just one clean sheet over their last ten matches across all competitions, so one can’t help but feel that Frankfurt have a reasonable chance of getting on the score-sheet on Sunday, especially as coach Hütter has a point to prove in front of the home fans.
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Monday, December 10, 2018
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