Frankfurt - An Eintracht Frankfurt side beset by injury problems have the unenviable task of trying to take down in-form Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Commerzbank Arena on Friday evening (kick-off 20:30 CEST/ 18:30 GMT). has everything you need to know about Matchday 29's opening fixture...

Frankfurt needn't worry too much about being drawn into the relegation battle, but they do still harbour slender hopes of earning a place in next season's UEFA Europa League. Third-placed Gladbach, meanwhile, appear to be in a two-way battle with Bayer 04 Leverkusen for automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League.

Nelson Valdez, Haris Seferovic and Sonny Kittel are expected to see out the campaign in attack following news of a season-ending knee injury to the Bundesliga's 19-goal leading scorer Alexander Meier (r.). Stefan Aigner could return in midfield, but Carlos Zambrano, Marco Russ (both injured) and Marc Stendera (one-match ban) miss out.

(l.) will almost certainly return to the starting XI at the expense of Havard Nordtveit following suspension. Fabian Johnson started on the left-hand side of attacking midfield last time out, but Lucien Favre may choose to freshen things up by brining in Thorgan Hazard, Andre Hahn or Ibrahima Traore.

Goalkeeper has only kept three clean sheets in 16 league outings this term - conceding 30 - but he's also made some huge saves to give his side a platform to go on and take something from a number of games. His ability to stand his ground in one-on-one situations could be key against a Gladbach side that love to counter.

More often than not, it's leading those blistering forays into opposition territory. The 24-year-old couldn't add to his career best ten-strike haul against Borussia Dortmund last week, but he did have a say in two of their three goals. If Frankfurt's defenders fall out of line, he'll punish them.

(striker, r.): "It's a real shame Alex (Meier) has been ruled out for the season. We'll try to share the load. Gladbach are a really good team, but we're at home."

Thomas Schaaf (head coach): "The injuries are nothing new [...] We'll try to give as good as we get."

Favre (head coach): "With the exception of Martin Stranzl, everyone is on board. It's too early to say who'll start. There's a possibility that there could be changes. We want to pick up more points and continue our good run."

Frankfurt are without a win in their last three after losing 3-0 to FC Bayern München on Matchday 28. Gladbach beat the Bundesliga leaders 2-0 at the Allianz Arena three weeks earlier and have since chalked up comfortable victories over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Dortmund to extend their winning run to four.

Borussia have only lost five times in the league this season, but one of those defeats came at home to Eintracht on Matchday 12. The Eagles have now picked up maximum points from their last two with Gladbach, who held a four-match winning hex over Frankfurt until last season's corresponding fixture.

Possible line-ups:

Frankfurt: Trapp - Chandler, Madlung, Anderson, Oczipka - Ignjovski, Hasebe - Aigner, Seferovic - Valdez, Kittel

Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Brouwers, Alvaro Dominguez, Wendt - Kramer, Xhaka - Herrmann, Johnson - Raffael - M. Kruse

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