Stern test for Leverkusen as Frankfurt come to town

Keen to forget Matchday 19, Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be hoping three points are on the cards when they welcome one of the season's surprise packages, Eintracht Frankfurt, to the BayArena on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Following a disappointing loss to Hamburger SV last weekend, Leverkusen's confidence will have been dented at a crucial phase of the season, so a game against an impressive Eintracht Frankfurt side could not come at a more inopportune time. Roger Schmidt's side are targeting UEFA Champions League qualification again, and must show a reaction here to have any hope of achieving their aim.

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The Eagles, on the other hand, have chalked up their highest points tally at this stage of a season for 24 years to sit in third place. Solid at the back, organised in midfield and with a handful of versatile attacking players in their ranks, Frankfurt deserve to be where they are - and are unlikely to feel any sympathy for Leverkusen's plight. Head coach Niko Kovac has rightly received plenty of plaudits after masterminding Frankfurt's Bundesliga survival last season to make them one of the best side's in Germany's top flight.


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